What is a social stratification system? How can societies stratify their members? What types of stratification systems are there?

Please read the Chapter on Social Class and Poverty, posted related FYI websites, related PowerPoint Presentation on social class and poverty on Course Homepage, as well as any other relevant information from the course homepage to address the following question:

 

a)     What is a social stratification system?  How can societies stratify their members?  What types of stratification systems are there?

 

b)    How does the U.S. primarily stratify its members?  What are the consequences of this stratification system?  How do we perpetuate this system?

 

c)     What do you suggest to solve the problems faced by people in lowest level of this stratification system?

 

*Within your discussion response please define and discuss issues of poverty including absolute and relative poverty, the poverty line/threshold, who is most likely to be poor (demographics of poverty), feminization of poverty, and welfare/workfare

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