Paper #1: Individual Reflection

Recently, you have been exposed to many of the social groups and formal organizations involved in Sociology. Based on these groups (class, gender, race, age, political stance, marriage, family, etc) please describe the privilege or lack thereof associated to how you identify in American society. Additionally, please describe the values, or lack thereof, that is associated with American society.

As an example, what privilege is associated with being a rich, white, heterosexual male? What about a divorced, single mother? Both are prevalent within American society, although each is treated differently in that same societal context. Please reflect on your experiences based on your societal groups and organizations.

This paper should be 3-5 pages (1500-2000 words), typed, double-spaced, using APA formatting.

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Paper #1: Individual Reflection

At the intersection of class, gender, race, and ethnicity, power and prestige drive American society. The elite who are perceived to have prestige hold the power over minority group members. Social stratification, particularly Weber’s analysis, explains this phenomenon. Weber suggested that the upper class, made up, among others, lawyers, politicians, and the wealthy, is not just about how much money or materials items they have (Pandey, 1983). This upper social class also includes power and prestige, which comes from owning property, among many other factors, such as intellect and athletic prowess (Pandey, 1983). Prestige can lead to owning property, but it is not necessarily a direct by product (Pandey, 1983). Power can also determine social class (Pandey, 1983). Wealthy people tend to hold more power, that is, to have less opposition, than the poor (Pandey, 1983)....
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