social stratification

  

Definition

Rigid subdivision of a society into a hierarchy of layers, differentiated on the basis of power, prestige, and wealth.

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  • No one can deny social stratification as people are not created equal and if they were they would not stay that way.

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  • Social stratification in our office is quite clear; the head of Accounting will never be seen going to dive bars with the office clerks or janitorial staff.

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  • The United States does not have a social stratification system anything like many third world countries such as India, Africa, or many others.

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