class system

(noun) A stratified system based on socioeconomic status in which individuals have the potential (real or imagined) for mobility.

Example: caste

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: class systems
  • The different levels (strata) in a class system are referred to as a class.
  • There is an opportunity for advancement in a class system, but not a caste system. However, the amount of mobility in a class-based system is an oft debated and controversial topic.
  • A type of stratification and system.
  • Also called class society.

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How to Cite the Definition of Class System

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “class system.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/class-system/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

class system. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/class-system/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “class system.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/class-system/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“class system.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/class-system/>.