Social Stratification: Definition, Theories & Examples


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The _____ states that social stratification has beneficial consequences for the operation of society.

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1. In Karl Marx theory of social stratification, the _____ are the owners of the means of production, while the _____ are the workers.

2. Today, sociologists use the term _____ to refer to ranking based on various dimensions of social inequality.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Social stratification refers to a system by which a society ranks categories of people in a hierarchy, and this quiz/worksheet combo will test you on the relevant theories on social stratification.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on your understanding of the following:

  • Term for an individual who buys a very expensive car
  • Weber's theory of social stratification
  • Current term used to describe various dimensions of social inequality

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw and retain the most important information from the related psychology lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Karl Marx's theories in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use what you've learned to identify the concept that believes social stratification can benefit a society's operation

Additional Learning

Review the lesson Social Stratification: Definition, Theories & Examples for more on this topic. Objectives covered include:

  • Define social stratification
  • Discuss the four principles of social stratification
  • Describe structural functionalist theories on social stratification, including the Davis-Moore thesis
  • Differentiate between Marx and Weber's theories on social stratification
  • Define vocabulary related to social stratification and modern discussions of sociological topics