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Stratification & Social Mobility - Chapter Summary
This collection of sociology lessons examines concepts related to social mobility and stratification. Our expert instructors help you evaluate the differences between several social systems and statuses as well as varying poverty levels around the world. Take the included lesson quizzes to gauge your understanding of the material, and feel free to submit questions to our instructors if you need any extra help. You can study these lessons at any time that fits your schedule and use any computer or mobile device to access them. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:
- Differentiate between open and closed social systems
- Explain social interaction theory
- Relate what conspicuous consumption is and analyze buying choices
- Determine how an individual can be affected by assigned status
- Compare several types of social mobility
- Understand the differences between absolute and relative poverty
- Evaluate global stratification and explain why the three-world model is outdated
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. Social Interaction Theory: Ascribed, Achieved & Master Status
In this lesson, we discuss social interaction theory, putting particular emphasis on the concept of social statuses. We identify and define several types of statuses, including ascribed, achieved, and master status.
3. Assigned Status in Sociology: Definition & Examples
Did you know that your nationality is an assigned status? In this lesson, we will define assigned status and learn more about the topic using examples.
4. 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.
5. Poverty in the United States: Definitions of Relative & Absolute Poverty
Today, a significant number of Americans suffer from poverty. In this lesson, we define and discuss the difference between relative poverty and absolute poverty. We also examine the populations that are most at risk.
6. Conspicuous Consumption: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we'll learn about conspicuous consumption. We'll look at some examples of luxury goods and what they can say about our real-life buying choices. After the lesson, you'll also have a chance to test your own knowledge of conspicuous consumption with a short quiz.
7. 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.
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- Inequality in Society
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- Health & Environmental Sociology
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