Stratification, Class, Status and Party

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Weber looked upon the organisation of society as
Involving struggles for power
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Inequalities are the basis for the organisation of groups and the
Struggle over inequalities is most commonly between groups
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Weber refused to reduce
Stratification (way of ordering people) to purely economic factors (class) but instead saw it as being multi-dimensional
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Meaning society is stratified on the basis of
Economics, status and power
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An implication of this view is that a person can
Rank high in one or two of these dimensions but low in another
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This results in..
A far more sophisticated analysis of social stratification than when it is reduced to simply economic factors was with some Marxists
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Weber argued that class was a collection of people
Identified together on the basis of some common characteristic
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We can reduce the number of classes to its simplest of two:
Those who sell labour the market (employee) and those who buy the labour (employer)
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It is then possible from just one of those categories to multiply it up to several by...
Distinguishing between the different types of labour each person can offer
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A status group is a collection of people who...
Recognise themselves as equals who look up to or down on other social groups
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A status group involves...
Shared understanding, mutual recognition and acknowledgement from its superiors and inferiors of its standing
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From an economic point of view a status group is defined in...
Terms of production, not consumption
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Party is a...
Self-conscious organisation for the pursuit of power
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As a body created specifically for the purposes of struggling for power, it works...
Out its objectives and organisation to maximise its chances of obtaining power
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Weber makes it clear that term party is an...
An “analytical notion and does not just refer to political parties”
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It can also include factions in...
Business, leisure and religious organisation as well as large scale political parties
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Such a group has
Self-awareness and mutual recognition
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Parties can attempt to base themselves in
Specific social groups, with the aim of winning power in society for that group
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