Social class and social inequality in American society. Status, power, authority, and unequal opportunity are examined in depth, using material from other societies to provide a comparative and historical perspective. Sociological origins of recurrent conflicts involving race, sex, poverty, and political ideology.
The big questions posed by studies in social stratification are, who gets what, and why? In this course we will explore the social indicators that reflect who gets what, as well as the ways in which societies, both locally and globally, create and ensure a particular system of rewards. We also consider the possibility that who gets what is not always a given; in what circumstances, and by what efforts are individuals or groups are able to move across social strata?
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