stratification (social stratification)

(noun) A system of inequality based on ranking people or groups based on power, prestige, and wealth.

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Usage Notes:

  • 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.

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How to Cite the Definition of Stratification

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “stratification.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/stratification/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “stratification.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 12, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/stratification/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“stratification.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/stratification/>.