Some Principles Of Stratification By Kingsley Davis And Wilbert E. Moore

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In this paper I will discuss “Some Principles of Stratification” by Kingsley Davis and Wilbert E. Moore. Their work focuses on stratification, social class, positional rank, and their effects on individuals and society. The second work “Classes in Capitalism and Pre-Capitalism” by Karl Marx, highlights inequality in society regarding the relationship between the oppressor and the oppressed or the bourgeoisie and the proletariat, and methods of production and their effects on society. Finally, in “Who Rules America?” G. William Domhoff, examines the roles of corporate communities and the upper class and how they impact issues in America. Davis and Moore highlight the need for stratification within society and how it impacts different…show more content…
This is illustrated in the workplace: cashiers may work harder to show their bosses that they deserve a raise and/or to be promoted to a higher position. Davis and Moore also argue that positions within the highest rank and best rewards are the ones which “a) have the greatest importance for the society and b) require the greatest training or talent” (18). I agree because people who endure the most training and are most qualified should receive benefits that match their competence and qualifications. For example, my uncle is a lawyer and attended 4 years of college and 3 years of law school. His compensation and benefits should be considerably more and of better quality than those of someone who is a retail specialist without a college education and minimal training of approximately a year. In “Classes in Capitalism and Pre-Capitalism” Marx focuses on class struggle, the relationship between the oppressor and the oppressed or the bourgeoisie and the proletariat, and the methods of production and their impacts on society (36). Marx argues that the mode of production has shifted from feudalism to capitalism due to the rise of the bourgeoisie, forming a principal struggle between the bourgeoisie (the wealthy owners of the means of production) and the proletariats (those who work for the owners) (36). I agree with this because in today’s society, there are many

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