What Is Social Stratification?

1. Track the social stratification of your family tree. Did the social standing of your parents differ from the social standing

of your grandparents and great-grandparents? What social traits were handed down by your forebears? Are there any

exogamous marriages in your history? Does your family exhibit status consistencies or inconsistencies?

2. What defines communities that have low status consistency? What are the ramifications, both positive and negative, of

cultures with low status consistency? Try to think of specific examples to support your ideas.

3. Review the concept of stratification. Now choose a group of people you have observed and been a part of—for

example, cousins, high school friends, classmates, sport teammates, or coworkers. How does the structure of the social

group you chose adhere to the concept of stratification?