Learning Objectives

After you have read this chapter, you will be able to:

8.1 Summarize the differences between functionalist and conflict approaches to inequality and list some of the strengths and weakness of each approach

8.2 Discuss the relationship between wealth, power, and prestige

8.3 Explain the differences between a class system and a caste system and give examples of each

8.4 Analyze income inequality in the United States

8.5 Compare the understanding of race in the United States with the understanding of race in Brazil

8.6 Describe the relationship between social stratification and ethnicity and give examples when ethnicity is and is not important in social stratification

8.7 Compare and contrast different models of assimilation to U.S. culture