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When used by sociologists, the term "wealth," refers to ________. A. only the property that a person owns B. only the income made from a person's occupation C. both property owned and income
made by the person less debts D. income after state and federal taxes have been withheld
C. both property owned and income made by the person less debts
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In every society from the hunting and gathering society to the post industrial society, what has been the most common basis for social stratification?
Weegy: Major Stratification Systems 1) Caste System – a closed system based on ascribed status (birth) - Nothing can be done to affect mobility and there are no chances of changing one’s social position - Such societies also recognize “ritual pollution” [ (i.e., certain types of interaction between people of different castes are prohibited because they tend to contaminate members of the higher caste) - Such a system promotes endogamy (i.e., marriage within one’s own caste) • There are five castes in India: 1) priests, scholars, and their descendents 2) nobility, warriors, and their descendents 3) merchants and skilled artisans (or their descendents) 4) unskilled laborers 5) outcasts or “untouchables” 2) Slavery System – the ownership of some people by others - Contrary to popular assumption, slavery was not usually based on racism, but on one of three other factors: a) Debt b) Crime c) War and conquest - The conditions of slavery have varied widely around the world: a) In some cases, slavery was temporary b) Slavery was not necessarily inheritable c) Slaves were not necessarily powerless and poor 3) Estate System – the stratification system of medieval Europe, consisting of three groups or estates: a) Nobility – the wealthy and powerful families that ruled the country and owned the land; the nobility did no farming or any other work—having an occupation was considered beneath their dignity b) Clergy – the Roman Catholic Church was a political power at this time, owning vast tracts of land and collecting taxes from commoners; the church sold offices, and the wealthy could buy positions c) Serfs – the commoners, including farmers, carpenters, harnessmakers, and servants. ] (More)
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