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Class System

Author: Paul Hannan

This lesson will further examine the components associated with class system; meritocracy, status consistency, and structural social mobility.

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Terms to Know
Class System

A system of social stratification based primarily on economic achievements over the lifecourse.


A system of social rewards based on individual efforts and achievements (i.e. on merit).

Status Consistency

Consistency across various measures of inequality (i.e. wealth, prestige, and power).

Structural Social Mobility

Social mobility that occurs when structural changes, rather than individual efforts, cause groups of people to move up or down in society.