(noun) A system of inequality based on ranking people or groups based on power, prestige, and wealth.
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- Plural: stratifications
- The terms stratification and social stratification are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- A society that has stratification is called a stratified society.
- 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., and Katherine R. Weisshaar. 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.
- Sun, Wanning, and Yingjie Guo. 2013. Unequal China: The Political Economy and Cultural Politics of Inequality. New York: Routledge.