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Social Stratification

Sociological study of stratification is generally conducted at the macro level and draws most heavily on the functionalist and conflict perspectives. How might sociologists use the interactionist perspective to examine social class inequalities in a college community?

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Social Stratification

Social Stratification is a way of identifying and understanding social dynamics for it identifies the hierarchy of social organization in relation to varied variables. These variables identify the position of an individual within a particular social hierarchy and they are social & economic in nature. Usually economic elements influence social elements as with a particular economic position social standing and access to power can be adjudged. Social stratification is hierarchical in nature and delineates the divisions of castes, groups and social classes in society. Social stratification is never intended to be discriminative, it is just a sociological and anthropological concept that helps to identify the players in society and how power is distributed and wielded (Jones, 2010). Now, social stratification is usually studied at a macro level because society as an open system is large-scale collection of groups (primary, secondary, referential) and to study social stratification means to study social dynamics in relation to hierarchy. Only from a macro-level can we understand how social stratification works and affects society as an entity. For example, the study of the social stratification of Los Angeles will show who have power and access to influence and opportunities in the ...

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The solution is a 987-word essay that explains and discusses the concept of stratification by way of discussing the application of the interactionist perspective in the study of social class inequalities within a college community. Functionalism and conflict perspective is also discussed to differentiate their application with the interactionist perspective. References are listed for further research. A word version of the solution is attached for easy download and printing.