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Social Stratification – Ethnicity, Gender and Class

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Introduction

SOCIAL STRATIFICATION - ETHNICITY, GENDER AND CLASS I have decided to write about differences between black and white people and how these differences find meaning within the educational system. The education system does not cater to the needs of non-white students and actually acts as a divisive institution. Education is a topic relevant to me as I attempt to apply the definition black "working class" to my family. I had never really seen much difference in the behaviour or economic conditions between my family and that of my neighbour, who would described as white working class, except when it came to education. Within the educational system, I was left to fall by the wayside because I had some difficulties that prevented me from being self-sufficient at school; I was ignored. However, my white neighbour who had similar difficulties was given every opportunity and access to extra support. The educational experience produced different opportunities for both of us. I argue that my opportunities were considerably reduced in comparison to my neighbour and that this was the first time I was conscious that I had experienced institutionalised inequality. I further argue that my experience is not unique and that sociology provides one method of explaining this experience. ...read more.

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Albert Einstein, the great physicist in ("The meaning of Relativity 1922) said the following about unified thought. "The object of all sciences, whether natural sciences or psychology, is to co-ordinate our experiences and to bring them into a logical system - the only justification for our concepts and system of concepts is that they serve to represent the complex of our experience; beyond this they have no meaning". When the Cress concept is applied it supplies a valuable explanation in terms of family and gender politics for non-white people, the male, the female and family. For example, pro-life policies such as New Right Politics are firmly directed at encouraging the white female to reproduce whilst at the same time using terms such as "population explosion" to support the removal of welfare support for the Black female in America. Another example is the promotion of contraception for "third world" population, encouraging abortion for the non-white female and yet devising moral and religious arguments to support terrorist attacks on private abortion clinics financially supported by white females seeking terminations. Neither the Marxist's nor functionalist position adequately explains the structural inequality in terms of educational provision and outcomes of black children within western educational systems. ...read more.

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The combination of negative moral and sociological labelling first experienced by non-white people within the educational system promotes a pattern of inequality that has contributed to the increased levels of unemployment, poverty, ill health as can be seen by the numbers of non-white people in mental institutions, prisons, and unemployed. This secondary position is reflected in their weaker world position politically and economically. I believe the way forward is to have lesson's taught in school about the history and culture of other races; by teachers who have thoroughly studied ethnic history and are comfortable answering questions that will inevitably be asked about the actions of white people. So that as the children grow into we will find that they have a more even view of the world and would not perhaps grow up to be weary of certain cultures. I also think that within the school system there should be some kind of 6 monthly review on the achievements of ethnic youths in all school to make sure they are reaching there full potential. BIBLOGRAPHY 1) Introduction to sociology 2nd edition y Tony Bilton, Kevin Bonnet, Philip Jones, Michelle Stanworth, Ken Sheard and Andrew Webster. Foreword by Anthony Giddins. 2) The Isis papers keys to the colours by Frances Wess Crelsing. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mendisa-Paris Tongs-Adaser 28/04/07 1 ...read more.

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