Definition of Class System
Example of Class System
- United States: working class, middle class, upper class
- However, this is a vast oversimplification
Class System Pronunciation
Syllabification: class sys·tem
- American English – /klAs sIs-tuhm/
- British English – /klAHs sIs-tim/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /klæs ˈsɪstəm/
- British English – /klɑːs ˈsɪstɪm/
- 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.
- “Caste and class systems of stratification are opposite, extreme points on a continuum. The two systems differ in the ease of social mobility, the relative importance of achieved and ascribed statuses, and the extent to which each restricts interaction among people considered unequal” (Ferrante 2011b:204).
- Word origin of “class” and “system” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “class system.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 2, 2022 (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 October 2, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/class-system/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“class system.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 2 Oct. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/class-system/>.