Social Stratification and Discrimination

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Noora Zuwayed Mr. Mark Sociology 11G 22nd of April 2013 3 Questions Essay * How does social stratification show opportunities/limitations for people for differing social classes? First of all, social stratification is defined as a system by which society ranks categories of people in a hierarchy. It’s the division of society into classes that have unequal amounts of wealth, power, and prestige. It’s made up from social classes. Social class is a general group in society having common economic, cultural, resources, or political status and share values, norms and a certain lifestyle. Social classes are generally having three broad classes: upper, middle, and lower, but in some countries there might only be an upper class and a lower…show more content…
Discrimination takes many forms, including avoiding social contact with members of minority groups, denying them positions that carry authority, and blocking their access to the more exclusive neighborhoods. It can also involve such extremes as attacking or killing minority members. I think many people learn discrimination when they are children. They see the way the adults around them respond to those who are of a different race, religion, or sexual orientation, and they grow up never questioning those judgments. Even if they do come to question those fixed beliefs, it is very hard to overcome the worldview we learn as children. Sometimes people start discriminating against a group of people after bad experiences with a few. For instance, discrimination against Muslims rose drastically after the events of 9/11, even though the majority of American Muslims are most definitely not terrorists and were as mortified as the rest of us by those events. * Where do you see evidence of social stratification and discrimination in POH? Pursuit to Happyness, set in 1981, is inspired by the real life story of underdog Chris Gardner, who rose from being homeless to become a stock market tycoon. Smith is an inspired choice to play this come-from-behind hero. His natural charm and energy are perfect for playing the part of a natural born salesman who relies on likeability and get a move on to promote his products and himself. Chris
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