Essay about Monopoly

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Monopoly in a Stratified Society Introduction to Sociology Fall Semester, 2013 Monopoly in a Stratified Society Introduction to Sociology – Fall 2013 In an interactive lesson designed to illustrate the effects of social privilege within a class system, four individuals played two 60-minute games of the board game Monopoly. The purpose of the exercise is to provide students with an opportunity to observe multiple sociological concepts and apply learned theory to support the analysis and conclusion of their observations. The first round used traditional rules of play included with the commercial game. The second round rules, recording and reporting procedures and specific empirical methodology guidelines discussed herein are…show more content…
The player represeting the upper class attempted to help by spontaneously offering the working class player a previously purchased piece of property at face value. The upper middle class player however, still owned the final block, so this alturistic gesture offered little comfort without his cooperation. The upper middle class had secured ownership of all railroads and utilities early in the game. The income from these investments eliminated his need to cooperate, but his choice not to resulted in bickering between the two players. This relationship, analogous to Marx’s class conflict, provided another opportunity to observe the negative effects of a social system divided by class. (Kendall, 2013, p. 223) If the purpose of this experiment was to provide students with an opportunity to observe the effects of a stratified society on its members, the experiment was successful. The most interesting and telling observation comes from the comparison of collective contentment between the two games. When players’ perceived all things equal, as in the first game, total domination of a single player was Page 3 of 6 Monopoly in a Stratified Society Introduction to Sociology – Fall 2013 internalized as fair, and each player still appeared to want to continue to play. Any previous experience with Monopoly would presume the player in the lead had already won, but players’ still possessed hope that the luck would

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