Impact Of Social Stratification In South Africa

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At the heart of developing an equal and new society is the need for the structural alteration of the black condition. Building or constructing a cohesive society depends primarily on addressing unemployment and poverty. In an environment where there are internal political battles, amplified protest at local level and declining support from the intellectual/knowledgeable classes, we should not be shocked that conservative dissertations of social cohesion appeal to those individuals who rule us. Providing the country’s people with a decent life may require more fundamental policies around the ownership of minerals, land reform and so on. Corruption is also a big problem in our country which impedes the nation building process.


Semi industrialised and Industrialised societies are usually structured or organised in terms of a hierarchy of unequal and different classes. The foundation of social stratification shifted from race to class under apartheid: the privileges enjoyed by the white South Africans were progressively derived from their particular class positions and less from racial discrimination, whereas some black South Africans benefited from rising social mobility despite the haunting legacy of racial discrimination.

Max Weber viewed social stratification from three specific dimensions: social status, power (party), and economic class. According to him each of the above mentioned dimensions had its own stratification: the social, represented by honour

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