Social Structure And Its Impact On Society

1272 WordsJun 30, 20156 Pages
Civilizations throughout history have operated under an organized system. This system, is known as social class, is needed in order for society to define roles, structure and political order are necessary. This ensures societal order and eliminates chaos. It is human nature to have hierarchy based on class standing and one could argue that social standings or class varies a great deal across cultures. This paper will examine different social structures across cultures and the impact social structure has on society. For some civilizations, there is a chance for social mobility allowing those who work hard to have social mobility. Without social class, social mobility would not exist and there would be no incentive to move up in social class. In some civilizations such as India, they do not have social mobility. Since social structure is different in each civilization, we can argue that social structure in Ancient China, Ancient India and Ancient Mesopotamia were the strictest of societies because of their laws and codes that impacts the structure and societal controls. What tactics did these ancient society have to control their society? In India, the Hindu society is structured by the caste system. The Hindu caste is divided into four parts: 1) Brahmins are the highest in the caste system, the priest, the seers; 2) Kshatriyas are the protectors (in our society would be the police and military); 3) Vaisyas are the farmers, merchants, and producers; 4) Sudras are the lowest
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