Definitions of Hierarchy
- (noun) The system of power distribution in which an individual or group resides within a culture, organization, or society.
- (noun) A ranking of people or things.
Examples of Hierarchy
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- Syllabification: (hi·er·ar·chy)
- Plural: hierarchies
- As societies became more complex, increasingly multi-layered hierarchies develop to control people and resources.
- Also called:
- class structure
- power structure
- social hierarchy
- social ladder
- social pyramid
- status hierarchy
- Informally called pecking order.
- Sociologists study stratification to understand (adjective) hierarchic or (adjective) hierarchical power structures.
- Word origin of “hierarchy” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Dahrendorf, Ralf. 1988. The Modern Social Conflict: An Essay on the Politics of Liberty. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
- Giddens, Anthony. 1973. The Class Structure of the Advanced Societies. London: Hutchinson.
- Grusky, David B., ed. 2014. Social Stratification: Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective. 4th ed. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
- Kerbo, Harold Ray. 2012. Social Stratification and Inequality: Class Conflict in Historical, Comparative, and Global Perspective. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.
- Marx, Karl, and Friedrich Engels. 1848. The Communist Manifesto.
- Massey, Douglas S. 2007. Categorically Unequal: The American Stratification System. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.
- Mills, C. Wright. 1956. The Power Elite. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Riesman, David. 1950. The Lonely Crowd: A Study of the Changing American Character. New York: Doubleday.
- clear division of labor
- explicit rules
- total institution
- Weber, Max
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “hierarchy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/hierarchy/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
hierarchy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/hierarchy/
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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“hierarchy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/hierarchy/>.