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Social Stratification | AQA GCSE Sociology


Last updated 22 Dec 2023

This quiz tests GCSE Sociology students' knowledge and understanding of social stratification

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Social stratification refers to the hierarchical arrangement of individuals or groups in society based on their access to resources, power, and privilege. Here's what you should know about it:

  • Social stratification is a universal phenomenon that exists in all societies, though the specific forms and patterns of stratification vary across different cultures.
  • The main dimensions of social stratification include class, race, gender, and age.
  • Class refers to an individual's economic position in society, based on factors such as income, education, and occupation.
  • Race and ethnicity refer to an individual's social identity, based on shared cultural, linguistic, and historical experiences.
  • Gender refers to the social and cultural constructions of masculinity and femininity, and their associated roles and expectations.
  • Age is a key dimension of social stratification, as individuals at different life stages have different levels of access to resources, power, and privilege.

Overall, social stratification is a complex and dynamic process that shapes individual experiences and opportunities in society.

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