Our society maintains this system by defining the groups we have created. These definitions are then also placed in policies and regulations to support each group and maintain division. This form of policymaking may have once been used to maintain order and compliance during a time of chaos. However, it may be misunderstood as useful now. Just as our evolutionary understanding has built our nation’s drive for success and power, it has also divided our nation’s view on equality and acceptance. According to Kerbo (2000), society has defined this system of stratification as:
1. The upper class: used to signify those headlines high in property ownership with high authority flowing from such ownership.
2. The corporate class: used to signify people with high authority and power in significant corporations usually without extensive ownership in the corporation.
3. The middle class: used to gain relatively little property but high to middle positions in occupation and authority.
4. Working-class: used to signify people with little or no property, minute of low positions and occupations, and little or no authority.
Kerbo, H. R. (2000). Social stratification and inequality: Class conflict in historical, comparative, and global perspective. Boston: McGraw-Hill.