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1What is the difference between a status movement and a class movement Outline how status discontent was used by some theorists to explain social movement participation In answering this question the researcher must consider the definitions of both status and class from an economic social and historical point of view Other questions that must be answered vary from where does power lie in social circles What impact did industrialism have upon the class structure and social movements And what causes people to participate in social movements Weber discussing his theory on the features of both a status movement and a class movement mentions differences between social groups in the social prestige they are granted by others Status movement characteristics often vary exclusively of class divisions and social honour can either be positive or negative As Weber Ritzer 2000 123 stated Status situation is every typical component of the life of men that is determined by a specific positive or negative social estimation of honour People who have high prestige in a given social order tend to become participants of positively privileged status movements Negatively privileged social groups such as Pariah groups are often discriminated against and participants are often excluded from taking advantage of opportunities that most other people in society have Status movements depend on peoples subjective evaluations of social differences Class movements derive from the economic factors associated with property and earnings status is governed by the varying styles of life groups follow Class and status however are not directly related to each other Weber Ritzer 2000 123 made the point that Money and an entrepreneurial position are not in themselves status qualifications although they may lead to them and the lack of property is not in itself a status disqualification although this may be a reason for it In society today it is the well-educated and professionally oriented upper middle class rather than the industrial working
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