Weber and Stratification

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Max Weber (1864-1920) acknowledged the importance of the dimension to class stratification but also identified two other sources of ; status and .
"Status" is perceived social and respect, and "party" is the influence people may have due to of a group such as a trade union, pressure group or political organisation.
In reality Weber said that the three sources of class stratification are likely to be and that the economic dimension is always the most important

Economic Dimension
According to Weber a person’s class power derives from their market i.e. whether they are able to command high , good conditions and conditions. This will depend on whether the work they posses are in or not. A person's economic class location may therefore be when market conditions change. Upward or downward social may occur. A person's market position is also affected by their income, skills and

Status Dimension
According to Weber high social status often comes with an occupation with a market position but could also be derived from other factors such as , race, and religion. Status therefore does not always come with wealth - e.g. a National lottery winner may have great wealth but low status. A bishop or vicar may have high status but a relatively income.

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Party Dimension
According to Weber membership of or an association with a particular and the power this gives them can be a determining factor in someone's class .

Using these dimensions Weber identified four main social classes:

1. Manual workers (the working class)
2. The petty (self employed and managers)
3. The lower class (white collar workers and technicians)
4. The privileged through ownership or educational privilege.

Significance of Weber
The emphasis on status has influenced modern classifications such as the schema and the NS-SEC scale.
Unlike Marx, Weber cannot be accused of economic - other factors are taken into consideration
Unlike functionalism stratification and differentiation are not seen as natural consequences of .