A social position assigned to a peson by society without regard for the person's unique talents or characteristics.
Karl Marx's term for the capitalist class, comprising the owners of the means of production.
An economic system in which the means of production are held largely in private hands and the main incentive for economic activity is the accumulation of profits.
In Karl Marx's view, a subjective awareness held by members of a class regarding their common vested interests and need for collective political action to bring about social change.
A social ranking based primarily on economic position in which achieved characteristics can influence social mobility.
A social system in which there is little or no possiblity of individual social mobility.
The relative lack of access to the latest technologies among low-income groups. racial and ethnic minorities, rural residents, and the citizens of developing countries.
A set of cultural beliefs and practices that helps to maintain powerful social, economic, and political interests.
A system of stratification unde which peasants were required to work land leased to them by nobles in exchange for military protection and other services. Also known as feudalism.
A term used by Karl Marx to describe an attitude held by members of a class that does not accurately reflect their objective position.
The movement of an individual from one social position to another of the same rank.
The opportunities people have to provide themselves with material goods, positive living conditions, and the favorable life experiences.
A technique for measuring social class that assigns individuals to classes on the basis of criteria such as occupation, eduation, income, and place of residence.
A social system in which the position of each individual is influenced by his or her achieved status.
A floating standard of deprivation by which people at the bottom of a society, whatever their lifestyles, are judged to be disadvantaged in comparison with the nation as a whole.
A condition in which members of society have different amounts of wealth, prestige, or power.
Movement of individuals or groups from one position in a society's stratification system to another.
A structured ranking of entire groups of people that perpetuates unequal economic rewards and power in a society.
The movement of an individual from one social position to another of a different rank.