A Theory of Social Stratification*

  1. All societies must perform certain functions if they are to survive.
  2. All societies have values.
  3. The values will result in a priority ranking of functional requirements.
  4. Internal changes in the socio-cultural system and the impact of external socio-cultural systems will also affect the priority ranking of functional requirements.
  5. Each of the functional requirements is met by certain positions or statuses – that is, by the role associated with particular statuses.
  6. In societies of a large size with a division of labor the various positions or statuses demand varying degrees of knowledge and responsibility.
  7. Those positions that require the most knowledge and responsbility will be considered most important for the fulfillment of a given functional requirement.
  8. In order to fill these positions with individudual and to motivate the individuals to perform the roles associated with the positions differential regards must be given.
  9. This results in inequality in a society – that is, social stratification.
  10. The prestige of a given position (general, archbishop, business executive, president of a university) will also depend in part on which of the functional requirements is considered to be most important at a given time.

*an attempt to integrate the contributions of Bernard Barber, Wilbert E. Moore and Kingsley Davis with concept of priority ranking of functional requirements.

NOTE: received the above from Prof. Robert Bohlke while attending American International College. A great teacher; there is now an award in his memory.

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