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describes a condition in which members of society have different amounts of wealth, prestige, or power
a social position assigned to a person by society without regard for his or her unique talents or characteristics
a system of stratifcation under which peasants were required to work land leased to them by nobles in exchange for military protection and other services
a social ranking based primarily on economic position in which achieved characteristics can influence social mobility
movement of individuals or groups from one position in a society's stratification system to another
a social system in which the position of each individual is influenced by his or her achieved status
a social system in which there is little or no possibility of individual social mobility
the movement of an individual from one social position to another of the same rank
the movement of an individual from one social position to another of a different rank
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
Karl Marx's term for the capitalist class, comprising the owners of the means of production
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 set of cultural beliefs and oractices that helps to maintain powerful social, economic, and political interests
a term used by Karl Marx to describe an attitude held by members of a class that does not accurately reflect their objective position
our tastes, knowledge, attitudes, language, and ways of thinking that we exchange in interaction with others
socioeconomic status (SES)
a measure of class that is based on income, education, occupation, and related variables
the total of a person's material assets, including savings, land, stocks, and other types of property, minus his or her debt at a single point in time
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
the opportunities people have to provide themselves with material goods, positive living conditions, and favorable life experiences
the relative lack of access to the latest technologies among low-income groups, racial and ethic minorities, rural residents, and the citizens of developing countries
Structured ranking of entire groups of people that perpetuates unequal economic rewards and power in a society
Rossides' five-class model to describe U.S. class system:
- Upper class
- Upper-middle class
- Lower-middle class
- Working class
- Lower class
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