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Ch 12: Social Status & Stratification

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View video lessons to refresh your memory of concepts and terms related to social status and stratification. Strengthen your understanding of class systems, forms of social mobility and theoretical perspectives on stratification.

Social Status & Stratification - Chapter Summary

This chapter delves into the concepts and theories involving social status and social stratification. By studying the video lessons, you'll review a number of topics, including the American class system and global stratification. The lessons also cover open and closed stratification systems as well as social mobility. Once you've completed the videos, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between class and caste systems
  • Describe the social classes within the American class system
  • Understand the types of social mobility
  • Explain the stratification of countries based on income levels
  • Discuss the principles and theories of social stratification

Our video lessons are typically just a few minutes long and are full of images and examples to help you grasp the chapter material. Developed by professional instructors, the lessons also include video transcripts as another tool for your studies. These transcripts highlight key terminology in bold. You can test your knowledge of social status and stratification by taking the multiple-choice lesson quizzes.

6 Lessons in Chapter 12: Social Status & Stratification
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Social Status: Caste vs. Class and Social Stratification

1. Social Status: Caste vs. Class and Social Stratification

Social hierarchies exist in all societies and cultures. In this lesson, we define social stratification and its characteristics. We also discuss the difference between open and closed systems, including what differentiates a caste from a class.

American Class System and Structure: Definitions & Types of Social Classes

2. American Class System and Structure: Definitions & Types of Social Classes

In this lesson, we discuss the American class system and the social stratification layers that exist within each class. We also differentiate between income and wealth and discuss how they relate to social status.

Social Mobility Definition and Types: Intragenerational vs. Intergenerational & Vertical vs. Horizontal

3. Social Mobility Definition and Types: Intragenerational vs. Intergenerational & Vertical vs. Horizontal

In our society, some individuals and families experience drastic changes in social status and lifestyle. In this lesson, we define social mobility and discuss different types, including intragenerational, intergenerational, vertical, and horizontal mobility.

Global Stratification Definition: Differences in Income Levels and Poverty

4. Global Stratification Definition: Differences in Income Levels and Poverty

In this lesson, we define global stratification and discuss how nations are stratified. We discuss the outdated three-world model as well as the current differences between high-income, middle-income, and low-income countries.

Social Stratification: Definition, Theories & Examples

5. Social Stratification: Definition, Theories & Examples

Social stratification refers to a system by which a society ranks categories of people in a hierarchy. Let's examine some of the theories surrounding this concept.

Glass Ceiling Theory in Sociology: Definition & Barriers

6. Glass Ceiling Theory in Sociology: Definition & Barriers

This lesson defines the term 'glass ceiling' and gives examples of how this term is used within the corporate world. It also gives indications as to when this term was first used in the United States.

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