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- Social Advantage and Disadvantage
- Social Stratification and Inequality
- The psychology of social class: How socioeconomic status impacts thought, feelings, and behaviour
- Social stratification
Social Advantage and Disadvantage
In the upper echelons of the working world, people with the most power reach the top. These people make the decisions and earn the most money. The majority of Americans will never see the view from the top. Sociologists use the term social stratification to describe the system of social standing. The distinct vertical layers found in rock, called stratification, are a good way to visualize social structure. The people who have more resources represent the top layer of the social structure of stratification.
Social Stratification and Inequality
Describe how socioeconomic status SES relates to the distributiuon of social opportunities and resources. Social class refers to the the grouping of individuals in a stratified hierarchy based on wealth, income, education, occupation, and social network though other factors are sometimes considered. Social class in the United States is a controversial issue, with social scientists disagreeing over models, definitions, and even the basic question of whether or not distinct classes exist. Many Americans believe in a simple three-class model that includes the rich or upper class, the middle class, and the poor or working class. More complex models that have been proposed by social scientists describe as many as a dozen class levels. Regardless of which model of social classes used, it is clear that socioeconomic status SES is tied to particular opportunities and resources. While social class may be an amorphous and diffuse concept, with scholars disagreeing over its definition, tangible advantages are associated with high socioeconomic status.
Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health pp Cite as. Social stratification refers to differential access to resources, power, autonomy, and status across social groups. Social stratification implies social inequality; if some groups have access to more resources than others, the distribution of those resources is inherently unequal. Societies can be stratified on any number of dimensions. In the United States, the most widely recognized stratification systems are based on race, social class, and gender.
Over the past 15 years, these connections have resulted in the elaboration and application of the cumulative advantage—disadvantage perspective in social gerontology, especially in relation to issues of heterogeneity and inequality. However, its theoretical origins, connections, and implications are not widely understood. It discusses its intellectual relevance for several other established theoretical paradigms in sociology, psychology, and economics. On the basis of issues deriving from these perspectives and from the accumulating body of work on cumulative advantage and disadvantage, I identify several promising directions for further research in gerontology. However, theoretical advance must rely on an adequate conceptual foundation, and in gerontology that foundation itself was being laid contemporaneously with Price's and Merton's writings. The same year as Price's paper appeared, Ryder and Schaie published pioneering articles on cohort analysis; the same year as Merton's essay appeared, so did the first of Riley and associates' three-volume Aging and Society
The psychology of social class: How socioeconomic status impacts thought, feelings, and behaviour
SOCIAL stratification is the main reason for relational set of inequalities in economic, social, political and ideological dimensions. It is a system whereby people rank and evaluate each other. On the basis of such evaluation, one is rewarded with more wealth, authority, power and prestige.
Drawing on recent research on the psychology of social class, I argue that the material conditions in which people grow up and live have a lasting impact on their personal and social identities and that this influences both the way they think and feel about their social environment and key aspects of their social behaviour. This means that redistributive policies are needed to break the cycle of deprivation that limits opportunities and threatens social cohesion.
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Social advantage and disadvantage are potent catch-all terms. They have no established definition but, considered in relation to one another, they can embrace a wide variety of more specific concepts that address the ways in which human society causes, exacerbates, or fails to prevent social divisions or injustices. This book captures the sense in which any conceptualization of disadvantage is concerned with the consequences of processes by which relative advantage has been selectively conferred or attained.