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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 We discuss the outdated three-world model as well as the current differences between high-income, middle-income, and low-income countries.
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.
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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