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class system


Stratification is a "multidimensional phenomenon"; that is, populations are ranked along various dimensions such as occupation, education, property, racial-ethnic status, age, and gender. Each of these dimensions is a "class system." According to Gerhard Lenski, class systems are “a hierarchy of classes ranked [..]
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deindustrialization


The loss of manufacturing capacity.
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differentiation


The development of increasing complexity and division of labor within sociocultural systems.
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material culture


The physical objects of a given sociocultural system. Usually thought to consist of products, art, tools and other tangibles.
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stateless society


A society which lacks formal institutions of government.
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traditional authority


Weber's term for authority based on long-established custom or tradition. (See also Charismatic authority and Rational-legal authority.)
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achieved status


A position attained through personal ability and effort.
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acid rain


The increased acidity of rainfall which is caused by emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides from power plants and automobiles.
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acquired immune deficiency


A disease that attacks the immune system of the body that is often passed on through sexual contact.
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acute disease


  A short-term disease (such as influenza or pneumonia) from which a person either dies or recovers.
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