Social Division

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Anthias, F. (2001). The concept of ‘social division’ and theorising social stratification: Looking at ethnicity and class. In Sociology 35(4), 835-854. doi: 10.1177/0038038501035004003 • Social division is created in modern societies with the prominent characteristics of stratification such as class, gender and ethnicity. • Social division can create contradictory locations for some people in terms of their hierarchal rank. • Ethnic groups are created due to peoples’ country of origin, religion, colour of their skin and the language they speak. Whereas, the criteria for class involves work roles and education. Social division in society involves job roles being allocated dependant on your class or gender. This relates to whānau families because…show more content…
(2010). Social class and educational achievement: Beyond ideology. In New Zealand journal of educational studies 45(2), 3-18. Retrieved April 12, 2016, from http://search.informit.com.au.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/fullText;dn=621745966557638;res=IELHSS • The socio economic status of a family predicts how the child will likely succeed academically, but will not determine their results. • Many do not believe that children who are raised in poverty are subject to under achieving in school. • There are fewer social problems in a society where income is spread equally. The Ministry of Education in New Zealand, tends to believe that if a teacher acquires the right skills, all students, no matter what social grouping should succeed in school at a high level. This is not always the case, because some people who live in poverty do not have the resources that are required when it comes to education for their children. Higher socio economic parents have more of a chance to spend time with their children and are able to afford pre-school education for them. This is generally because they tend to be older with less children at home. Many schools have a mix of social classes involved. It is often argued that “educational inequality is therefore one part of wider social inequality”. Teachers have to be able to adapt to each social class within their classroom, but this does not mean that teacher should be accused for the achievements of different social…show more content…
One of the ways is by people evaluating someone’s characteristics such as their age, ethnicity or gender when they first meet (McLennan et al., 2010). As stated by McLeod and Nonnemaker (1999) “social stratification implies social inequality” (p. 321). There are four structures (poverty, segregation and isolation, prejudice and stigma, constrained opportunity structures) of social stratification that lead to mental health impairment for those who are labelled as lower-class, however it may also effect those in higher classes (McLeod & Nonnemaker, 1999). Thus requiring teachers to be sensitive with the backgrounds of students, and they should never assume everyone has come from the same place. As each students socio economic background brings different abilities to school (Snook & O’Neill,

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