SOC 311: Social Stratification (Dr. Wells-Lewis): Home

Resources examining the array of social structures within the United States

Social Stratification

"Examination of differences in power, privilege, and prestige. Analysis of the effects of social inequality on people's lives within the United States and an overview of the complex array of social structures that comprise international systems of inequality by race/ethnicity, gender, and social class."

-MSSU catalog entry, Fall 2011

Background Reading

Class Matters

5 personal essays commissioned by The Times as part of the Class Matters series.

About the series:

A team of reporters spent more than a year exploring ways that class - defined as a combination of income, education, wealth and occupation - influences destiny in a society that likes to think of itself as a land of unbounded opportunity.

Theories and concepts relating to Social Stratification

by Emily Giunta and Charles Stephens for Soc 101

Uploaded to YouTube by on Mar 10, 2009

Photos courtesy of Forbes, People Magazine, Time Magazine and Google Image.

How Class Works

How Class Works - Try this 4 part interactive graphic from the NYTimes Class Matters Series: Components of Class: How Class Breaks Down; Income Mobility, National Poll.






Class Timeline

Class Timeline From the pilgrims to "The Great Gatsby" and Ralph Kramden, a selective chronology of class in America.

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