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Sociology: The Essentials (MindTap...

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Margaret L. Andersen + 2 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305503083

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9th Edition
Margaret L. Andersen + 2 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305503083
Chapter 8, Problem 5SFY-P180
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Are there circumstances in actual life that are beyond the control of people and that shape the distribution of income?

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Social stratification is how people are arranged in society's hierarchy based on wealth and income. A person's location in the hierarchy affects the access they have to opportunities and resources to take advantages of said opportunities. Socioeconomic status (SES) is how sociologists measure an individual's status/position in the societal hierarchy.

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The socioeconomic status (SES) of your family is highly predicative of where a child ends up in the stratification of society. A person's class and social mobility are correlated with their family's SES because of the way wealth and income affect educational attainment, cultural capital, and social capital. K-12 schools are typically funded from taxes that are based on property values...

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