Class Stratification And Social Stratification

1485 Words May 18th, 2016 6 Pages
Q. ‘Class stratification is no longer relevant in explaining equality in the U.K. today.’
A. Class stratification runs on 3 main points: Power (legal ability, capacity or authority granted on a person/persons), Prestige (a reputation or influence arising from success) and Privilege (a special right or immunity) with these being the root of social stratification it’s easy to see why inequality in universal with the bourgeoisie (the elite 2% of the world) controlling the proletariat (working class society.)
Class stratification is a form if social stratification, in which a society tends to divide classes whose members have different social, economic or educational statuses e.g. working class and middle class. A good example of class stratification is the United Kingdom which has a small percent of elite at the top i.e. the royal family and the prime minister and the mass on the bottom i.e. working class people, this is what’s called a hierarchy (which is a system which members of an organisation or society which is ranked to relative status or authority.)
Despite being a hierarchy the U.K. works on an open system called meritocracy or Social mobility in which you have the chance to move up the social ladder e.g. go from working class – middle class and vice versa. This is usually done though working your way through education to obtain a specific set skill and get a highly paid job, or work hard in your current position and gain a promotion, resulting in you moving up a…
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