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Class system


A system of stratification based primarily on the unequal ownership and control of economic resources.
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Monopoly


The exclusive control of a particular industry, market, service, or commodity by a single organization.
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Organizational waste


The inefficient use of ideas, expertise, money, or material in an organization.
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Rate of natural increase


The difference between birth and death rates, excluding immigration.
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Anomie


A breakdown or confusion in the norms, values, and culture of a group or a society. A condition of relative normlessness.
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Charter


The capacity of certain schools to confer special rights on their graduates.
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Community


A collection of people in a geographical area; may also include the idea that the collection has a social structure and a sense of community spirit or belonging.
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Conflict approach


One of the major theoretical perspectives in sociology: emphasizes the importance of unequal power and conflict in society. Weberian conflict theorists stress inequality and conflict based on class, s [..]
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Conjugal family


A form of family organization centered around the husband-wife relationship rather than around blood relationships.
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Crude birth rate


The total number of live births per 1000 persons in a population within a particular year.
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