Flashcards in Chapter 9 - Social Stratification Deck (21)
A system in which people are born into a social standing that they will retain their entire lives.
A group who shares a common social status based on factors like wealth, income, education and occupation.
Social standing based on social factors and individuals accomplishments.
The typical behaviors, customs, and norms that define each class (also called class markers).
The act of buying and using products to make a statement about social standing.
A thesis that argues some social stratification is a social necessity.
A lowering of one’s social class.
Unions of people within the same social categories.
Unions of spouses from different social categories.
A comparison of the wealth, economic stability, status, and power of countries as a whole.
The money a person earns from work or investments
A difference in social class between different generations of a family.
A difference in social class between different members of the same generation.
An ideal system in which personal effort — or merit — determines social standing.
A law stating that all property positions within a social stratification system.
A socioeconomic system that divides society’s members into categories ranking from high to low, based on things like wealth, power, and prestige.
Standard of Living
The level of wealth available to acquire material goods and comforts to maintain a particular socioeconomic lifestyle.
The consistency, or lack thereof, of an individual’s rank across social categories like income, education, and occupation.
A societal change that enables a whole group of people to move up or down the class ladder.
An increase — or upward shift — in social class.