Stratification system.

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The Question: If you were not present for the class exercise, write a 2-page typed paper discussing how the four forms of class inequality (income, wealth, education, prestige) contribute to the stratification system in the United States.

Class inequality is something that cannot be avoided in any society. The inequalities are derived from for basic social characterizations, which are income, wealth, education, and prestige. Members of society earn these class inequalities and from which are put into a layer of the stratification system. Please note that I say members of society earn these class inequalities, but that does not go without saying that it is always earned in a manner that is considered fair. For example, some people are in their level of the social stratification because they inherited it or they won the lottery etc.

My own personal way of breaking down how the four class inequalities is as follows.

Depending on your education you get a job the rule of thumb is the higher education you have the better job you earn. And with that job comes an income, now with this income comes wealth. Now according to how wealthy you are your labeled in a certain layer of social stratification. Finally, you learn how much prestige you have through which level of social strata you have acquired, and then adjust accordingly.

So in short, education leads to income, income leads to wealth, wealth leads to social strata, and prestige is acquired through which level of social strata you are in.

Chad, I do not believe that these class inequalities are what affect social stratification but in fact are what make up social stratification. Moreover, social stratification is based on one's wealth. Most people who are wealthy donate large sums of money to charitable causes.