Social Stratification

FOR DISCUSSION

Please post responses following questions.

1.   Watch video, ‘Social Stratification in the United States’ and read class materials from Learning Resources under the Week 5 Content. Define the meaning of social stratification and provide real-life examples of social stratification in our society.

2.   Watch videos, ‘Global inequality,’ and ‘Globalization and its effects on developing countries’ and read class materials from Learning Resources under the Week 5 Content. Define the meaning of global stratification and provide real-life examples of global stratification.

3.  What is structural mobility and how does this concept describe the decline of manufacturing jobs in the US.

4.  The functionalist theory of stratification assumes that people are fairly compensated for the amount of time, energy and skills they put into their jobs. What criticisms could one make about this view?

5.  What has globalization done to influence income and wealth inequality in the United States?  Explain using an example.

6.  Explain modernization theory and dependency theory. Which do you think is more useful for explaining global inequality? Why? Explain using examples.

7.  Why is it important to understand and be aware of global stratification?  Make a list of specific issues that are related to global stratification. For inspiration, turn on a news channel or read the newspaper. Next, choose a topic from your list and look at it more closely.  Who is affected by this issue?  How is the issue specifically related to global stratification?

Video –     Social Stratification in the United States -https://youtu.be/MEEOnV4uZTE

Video. –  Global Inequality  –  https://youtu.be/KBsOwZRKzcE

OpenStax Introduction to Sociology

Chaper 9 Social Stratification in the United States

Chapter 10 Global Inequality