1. Describe the functionalist view of social stratification, and the conflict theory’s view of social stratification. Then take a pro or con position on each of the following three points: first, social stratification is necessary for societies to exist and prosper; second, the United States functions, overall, as a meritocracy; and third, human beings-driven as they are by human nature-are incapable of ever creating and/or living in a classless society. Provide detail about ‘why’ you are taking the pro or con position for each point.
2. How do symbolic interactionists explain our taste and preferences when it comes to popular culture? How are you a product of your environment (the social groups you belong to) when it comes to the way you consume popular culture?What are your personal preferences (the kinds of music and movies you prefer, for example) and what are some of the influences that impacted these preferences?