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Stratification and Differentiation

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All societies have ways by which people are classified by others - this is known as . Some of the main types of differentiation are by gender, , ethnic group, social class and disability.
Societies also tend to have or layers of people of different social importance, wealth and . This is known as . In societies stratas are fixed e.g. the system and the feudal system. In societies there is the possibility of some movement between strata.
Social is the term used to describe movement between strata in open societies.
The result of stratification and differentiation is that people have different opportunities (or life ) in the course of their lives

British class system