Stratification divides classes into layers. According to Kerbo (2000), social stratification means that inequality has been hardened or institutionalized. There is a system of social relationships that determines who gets what and why. As we are of social class, we perpetuate the concept of growth, class mobility, and attainability. Strata systems propel humans to continue to aspire for better than they currently have been. Depending on a person’s perception of their reality, they can choose to move up or down the layers of class systems. Our policies support this system. Within each of the classes, policies indicate what opportunities and guidelines will support a community. This process sustains class systems and stereotypes placed upon groups within stratifications. In my experience, I have used class-based stratification to pursue my educational needs. My culture and family perpetuated a space that believed education would separate me from either living in poverty or wealth. I chose to gain my needs through pursuing education, and I am happy with my decision. However, if my family chose to believe otherwise, several alternatives could be established. Such as pursuing trades, home duties, substance use, freelance, and childbearing, for example. Class-based stratification allows us to determine our possibilities and options within a world full of many possibilities.
Kerbo, H. R. (2000). Social stratification and inequality: Class conflict in historical, comparative, and global perspective. Boston: McGraw-Hill.