Saturday, July 24, 2010

advantages and disadvantages of social stratification in ancient egypt

There are advantages and disadvantages of social stratification in ancient Egypt. Social stratification refers to the hierarchical arrangement of individuals into dimensions of power and wealth w/in a society. The advantage of the social stratification is that there is organization and order in the people. For Max Weber, social class pertaining broadly to material wealth is distinguished from status class based on honor, prestige, religious affiliation and so on. Ancient Egypt's kingdom is powerful and stable because of the order brought by the social stratification. The Pharaoh had great power because of the relations established w/ people w/ high social class. With social stratification, there is class, status and power. class- is a person's economic position in the society. The economic growth of ancient Egypt are on the people w/ high social class, status- is a person's prestige,
social honor or popularity in a society. Though they have economic worth, a person status could cause influences to other people in the society. respect and reputation could be earned w/ status, Power- a person's ability to get their way despite the resistance of others. People could implement rules or laws w/ power. commands and requests could be made w/ power. The disadvantages of Social stratification is that in spite of it's good benefits, there is inequality and abuse to the people who belongs to the lower social class. Some tasks are done w/ forced labor such as building a pyramid, w/c is a large structure that only serves as a royal tomb.
there is an unequal treatment between the high and low class.

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