Sociology Index


What is social stratification? Social stratification lies at the core of society. Social inequality is a fundamental aspect of all social processes, and a person's position in the social stratification system is predictor of his or her behavior, attitudes, and life chances. Social Stratification, unlike Sexual stratification, lies at the core of society. Social stratification is organized into three layers, that is upper class, middle class, and lower class. In social stratification, society ranks categories of people in a hierarchy. Social stratification links all aspects of society together. Understanding what is happening to social stratification helps us understand changes in society. The built-in system of social stratification groups people together. It is because of social stratification that people tend to live, work, and associate with others like themselves. Social stratification takes on new meanings when it is examined from different sociological perspectives.

Definition Of Social Stratification

Social Stratification is division of people based on wealth, social status and power. Sociologists favour the concept of class. Social stratification is generally inherited from generation to generation. Social stratification is the classification of persons into groups based on common socio-economic conditions.

Social stratification involves inequality and even beliefs. Welfare state research reveals that the state is both a cause and consequence of social stratification. The findings have been ignored in the literature on social stratification and social mobility. Research in Social Stratification includes Social Mobility. Sociologists use both the concepts of class and status to describe the systems of social stratification. 

Many aspects social stratification system in Dani Society conform to an egalitarian model. Protestantism draws the upper ranks of skilled labor and administrative positions in factories. Protestants have been more likely to develop economic rationality than Catholics. Max Weber seeks the explanation in 'the permanent intrinsic character of their religion.'

Abstracts On Social Stratification

Life styles and social stratification: France and Norway compared. - An explorative study by Gunn Elisabeth Birkelund, and Yannick Lemel. A new approach to the discussion on life styles and social stratification. Explores the latent patterns of both life styles and social stratification.

Social stratification and ethnicity in Transylvania: How does social class matter?
Veres, Valer, Publisher: M.E. Sharpe, Inc. Abstract: Detailed analysis of the stratification of Hungarians from Transylvania. The analysis shows that the three groups constituting the middle class represent approximately 45-50 percent.

Social Stratification and Cultural Consumption: Music in England
Tak Wing Chan and John H. Goldthorpe. The relationship between social stratification and cultural consumption.

Social Stratification and Mobility in the World System
Different Approaches and Recent Research, Volker Bornschier, Bruno Trezzini. Abstract: Recent approaches to world social stratification and highlights changes in paradigms. One reason for conceptual similarities in both fields is increasing social differentiation.

Bipluralism and the Western Democratic State. Gerald D. Jaynesa, Department of Economics and of African American Studies, Yale University. Abstract: The globalization of capitalism and markets has brought poor migrants into affluent nations. Affluent Western democracies are hurtling toward biplural stratification defined by a multiracial underclass.

The Cognitive Origins of Social Stratification
Robert Hoffmann. Abstract: How social stratification can arise in game-playing populations as a result of social categorisation of and inference from arbitrary agent traits.

Privacy and social stratification
Marx, Gary T., Publisher: Transaction Publishers, Inc. Abstract: Society is becoming stratified on the basis of access to information. New surveillance technologies are likely strengthen traditional forms of social stratification.

Social Stratification in Bogota: From Public Politics to the Dynamics of Social Segregation. URIBE-MALLARINO, Consuelo.
Socioeconomic stratification in Bogota from the perspective of its value as representation of social order and hierarchy.

The Chinese Social Stratification after 1949 - Li, Yi. Abstract: Chinese social stratification is like a pyramid. Peasant and worker are constants. So far little research has been done on cadre class. This research gives a consistent picture of Chinese social stratification.

Using Metaphors in Dynamic Social Stratification Visualizations
Gousie, M.B. Grady, J. Burrage, B. Grossman, R. Machado, D. Milewski, S. Stuetzle, C.

Testing and Social Stratification in American Education
Eric Grodsky, John Robert Warren, and Erika Felts.

The associations of social class and social stratification with patterns of general and mental health in a Spanish population - Carles Muntaner, Carme Borrell, Joan Benach, M Isabel Pasarín and Esteve Fernandez.

The influence of globalization and social stratification on pandemic processes. Kozlov AA, Skvorcov NG; International Conference on AIDS.

The Relationship Between Social Stratification and All-Cause Mortality Among Children in the United States: 1968-1992 - John H. DiLiberti.

Social Stratification and its Indices: A Critique
Authors: Hooshang Nayebi; Hamid Abdollahyan - Hamid Abdollahyan, Department of Communication, University of Tehran, Iran; University of Tehran, Iran.

The Disenchanted Voter - Emotional Attachment, Social Stratification, and Mediated Politics in Mexico's 2006 Presidential Election - Sallie Hughes, Manuel Alejandro Guerrero.

Social Stratification on the Swahili Coast: From race to class?
Constantin F. (1989). East African coast has been open to foreign demographic and cultural influence. The most recent seaborne group of settlers constituted a new stratum. Migrants from the interior occupied the lowest strata of the social structure.

Continuity and Change in the Social Stratification of Aging and Health Over the Life Course: Evidence From a Nationally Representative Longitudinal Study From 1986 to 2001/2002 (Americans' Changing Lives Study) James S. House, Paula M. Lantz, Pamela Herd

Social Transformation and Social Stratification by TsingHua.

The Inequality of Fair Play: Lottery Gambling and Social Stratification in Germany
Jens Beckert and Mark Lutter. Survey conducted on a random sample of the German residential population. Our analysis shows that lotteries are a form of regressive taxation.

Health inequality in adolescence. Does social stratification occur by familial social background, family affluence, or personal social position? - Koivusilta, Rimpelä and Kautiainen.

The Household Registration System and Social Stratification in China: 1955-1996
Wu, Xiaogang, and Donald J. Treiman. 2004. "The Household Registration System and Social Stratification in China: 1955-1996.

Understanding the Mechanism of Social Stratification in Contemporary China - Liu Xin.

Social Inequality and the Sociology of Life Style: Material and Cultural Aspects of Social Stratification. (Focus on Economic Sociology) - Bogenhold, Dieter.

Social Stratification Journals

Research in Social Stratification and Mobility - Research in Social Stratification and Mobility is dedicated to publishing the highest quality, most innovative research on issues of social inequality from a broad diversity of theoretical and methodological perspectives. The journal is also dedicated to cutting edge summaries of prior research and fruitful exchanges that will stimulate future research on issues of social inequality. - Edited by Kevin T. Leicht, Department of Sociology, University of Iowa.

Books on Social Stratification

The Structure and Evolution of Chinese Social Stratification - Dr. Yi Li. There have many books on the structure of Chinese social stratification, but none has completely succeeded in constructing a complete model. In The Structure & Evolution of Chinese Social Stratification Dr. Li provides detailed analysis critical to understanding the class structure of Chinese society, both pre-1949 and in the post-Mao era.

An Overview of Social Stratification. By Christina Siroskey. Social inequality is the primary focus of social stratification.

Group Differences in Standardized Testing and Social Stratification WAYNE J. CAMARA and AMY ELIZABETH SCHMIDT. - Abstract: To illustrate the pervasiveness of score differences by racial/ethnic groupings, as well as by socioeconomic status, multiple measures of educational achievement were examined.

Akan Social Stratification. The Akan have developed elaborate stratification systems based upon the maintenance of hereditary status within their kingdoms.

Social stratification and mobility in Guatemala. Guillermo Diaz.
This article deals with two vital components of a country's social structure: social stratification and social mobility. It examines the social structure of Guatemala, adapting for this purpose two approaches to social class that are often used in studies dealing with the issue.