Joseph Drew


social stratification, poverty in South Africa


The book is a study of a basic change in social stratification. It is also a study of poverty in South Africa. Plus, it is a study of the changing nature of community and society in that land.

We know that almost every society organizes inequality by ranking categories of people in a hierarchy. Four important principles of social stratification are:

  • Social stratification is inclusive of all, not a reflection of individual differences, and shapes our lives.

  • Social stratification carries over from generation to generation.

  • Social stratification is universal but variable.

  • Social stratification involves both inequality and beliefs about the nature of the stratification, that is, why it is fair for people to be unequal.