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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstratificationstrat‧i‧fi‧ca‧tion /ˌstrætɪfɪˈkeɪʃən/ noun [countable, uncountable]  1 XXwhen society is divided into separate social classes The Indian caste system is an example of social stratification.2 the way in which earth, rocks etc form layers over timestratify /ˈstrætɪfaɪ/ verb [intransitive, transitive]
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stratificationThis relationship extends to the strata in a stratification system.Another stratification system based just as exclusively on ascribed status attributes is characteristic of what are known as age-set societies.Hence no stratification of the water masses resulting from lowered salinities can be observed.Most of the views dealt with in the following sections have been influenced by Marxist or Weberian theories of stratification.Sedimentary rocks show stratification and form by settling of erosional debris and chemical precipitates.They therefore look to social stratification to see how far it meets these functional prerequisites.Social stratification still exists and the middle-classes still dominate business and industry - as well as the government.social stratificationIndividualism, capitalism, and social stratification increasingly were regarded as acceptable patterns by members of the Mormon hierarchy.Beliefs which state that systems of social stratification are based on biological inequalities can be seen as rationalizations for those systems.Too often, past social stratification forms an obstacle.Social divisions Finally, Tumin questions the view that social stratification functions to integrate the social system.Discussion Our evidence suggests that a new approach to social stratification is required to assess health inequalities in childhood.They therefore look to social stratification to see how far it meets these functional prerequisites.
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