Power and Privilege: A Theory of Social Stratification

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UNC Press Books, 1966 - Social Science - 495 pages
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Using a dialectical view of the development of thought in the discipline, Gerhard Lenski describes the outlines of an emerging synthesis of theories.
  

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Contents

The Problem Who Gets What and Why?
1
Early PreChristian Views
3
Christian Views from Paul to Winstanley
7
Early Modern Views from Locke to Mosca
10
Functionalists and Conflict Theorists
14
The Emerging Synthesis
17
Basic Issues
22
Man and Society
24
Common Features of Agrarian Societies
192
The State the Ruler and Social Inequality
210
The Governing Class
219
Variable Patterns and Their Causes
231
Agrarian Societies Part II
243
The Merchant Class
248
The Priestly Class
256
The Peasant Class
266

The Nature of Man
25
The Nature of Society
32
Their Relationship
35
Their Nature
36
Their Nature
41
The Dynamics of Distributive Systems
43
Two Laws of Distribution
44
The Variable Aspects of Distributive Systems
46
Force and Its Transformation
50
The Rule of Right
54
The Varieties of Institutionalized Power
56
Political Cycles
59
The Middle Classes and the Institutionalization of Power
62
Reactions
63
The Downfall of Regimes
68
The Structure of Distributive Systems
73
Classes
74
Castes Estates Status Groups and Elites
77
Class Systems
79
A Potentially Unique Resource
82
Distributive Systems
84
Reactions to Status Inconsistency
86
Retrospect and Prospect
88
Hunting and Gathering Societies
94
Common Features of Hunting and Gathering Societies
96
Variable Features of Hunting and Gathering Societies
101
Common Features of Distributive Systems
102
Variable Features of Distributive Systems and Their Causes
112
Simple Horticultural Societies
117
Common Features of Simple Horticultural Societies
119
Common Features of Distributive Systems
126
Variable Features of Distributive Systems
136
A Critical Development
138
Advanced Horticultural Societies
142
Common Features of Advanced Horticultural Societies
143
Introduction to Distributive Systems
154
The Causes of Variation in Political Development and Inequality
160
Government and Inequality
164
The Powers of Rulers
168
Other Bases of Power
176
Force Ideology and Utility
179
The Hereditary Transmission of Power and Privilege
181
Constitutionalism and Its Constraints
185
Agrarian Societies Part I
189
A Generic Type?
190
The Artisan Class
278
Unclean and Degraded Classes
280
The Expendables
281
A Graphic Summary
284
Status Groups
285
Vertical Mobility
289
A Note on Distributive Justice
295
Industrial Societies Part I
297
Common Features of Industrial Societies
298
Reversal of a Basic Trend
308
Causes of the Reversal
313
The Role of Government
318
Fact or Myth?
325
The Political Class System
327
The Property Class System
338
Industrial Societies Part II
346
The Entrepreneurial Class
347
The Class of Party Functionaries
351
The Managerial Class
352
The Military Class
361
The Professional Class
364
The Clerical Class
369
The Sales Class
373
The Working Class
375
The Farming Class
382
The Unemployed and Slavelabor Classes
386
Industrial Societies Part III
389
Racial Ethnic and Religious Class Systems
395
The Class System Based on Sex
402
The Class System Based on Age
406
Class and Status Consistency
408
Vertical Mobility
410
Class Struggles
417
Citizenship and the Revival of the Redistribute Process
428
Prestige Stratification
430
Future Trends
432
Retrospect and Prospect
434
The General Theory Reexamined
435
Conservatism and Radicalism Revisited
441
Agenda for the Future
443
Bibliography
447
Author Index
469
Subject Index
477
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Gerhard E. Lenski is Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of The Religious Factor: A Sociological Study of Religion's Impact on Politics and, with Jean Lenski, Human Societies.

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