- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea

Social Stratification

Core definition

The hierarchical arrangement of individuals according to wealth, status and power.

Longer explanation

You know there's a good chance you've already been subjected to a stratified classification system over which you had little control. Schools, for example, often stratify kids according to perceived ability which sets them ...

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