Lesson 8 - SOCIOLOGY 101 On Line

 

AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE THERE ARE 3 ACTION ASSIGNMENTS (ESSAYS) TO BE COMPLETED AND EMAILED TO ME BY THE END OF THE WEEK.

 

CHAPTER 8 Social Structure and Society

 

Study Assignment: Read chapter 8 Sociology 101 by Jon Shepard

 

Chapter 8

 

After careful study of this chapter, you will be able to:

 

  • Explain the relationship between social stratification and social class.
  • Compare and contrast the three dimensions of stratification
  • State the major differences between the functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interactionist approaches to social stratification.
  • Identify the distinguishing characteristics of the major social classes in America.
  • Discuss the extent of poverty and the perceptions of poverty in the United States.
  • Evaluate U.S. commitment to poverty programs
  • Outline some of the consequences of social stratification
  • Describe upward and downward social mobility in the United States.
  • Discuss the major features of global stratification

 

Chapter 8

 

1.      Consider the existence of a class at the bottom of the American social stratification structure. Compare the explanations for the enduring presence of this class that would be given by functionalism and conflict theory.

2.      More and more of the poor in the United States are women and children. Related the feminization of poverty to the prevailing view of the poor held by most Americans. Is there an inconsistency? Why or why not?

3.      You are a member of a particular social class. Discuss your life chances and lifestyle in sociological terms.