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Stratification

The act or process or arranging persons into classes or social strata.

(Myles & Quadagnon, 2002)


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Stratification, Esping-Andersen argues, is a function of the welfare state. The welfare state is not just a mechanism that intervenes in, and possibly corrects, the structures of inequality; it is, in its own right, a system of stratification. It is an active force in the ordering of social relations. For example, contemporary means-tested social assistance is designed for the purposes of stratification. By punishing and stigmatizing recipients, it promotes social dualisms.

References

Esping-Andersen, Gosta. 1990. The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Myles, John and Jill Quadagno. 2002. “Political Theories of the Welfare State”, Social Service Review, March, pp. 34-57.
     
Stratification

The act or process or arranging persons into classes or social strata.

(Myles & Quadagnon, 2002)


---------------------------------

Stratification, Esping-Andersen argues, is a function of the welfare state. The welfare state is not just a mechanism that intervenes in, and possibly corrects, the structures of inequality; it is, in its own right, a system of stratification. It is an active force in the ordering of social relations. For example, contemporary means-tested social assistance is designed for the purposes of stratification. By punishing and stigmatizing recipients, it promotes social dualisms.

References

Esping-Andersen, Gosta. 1990. The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Myles, John and Jill Quadagno. 2002. “Political Theories of the Welfare State”, Social Service Review, March, pp. 34-57.

Approved for glossaryposting by Ben Eisen on January 16, 2011


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