Privatization as an Instrument for Social Re-Stratification and Exclusion Research Paper by Alex

Privatization as an Instrument for Social Re-Stratification and Exclusion
A discussion of the transition from planned to market economy and the structural changes in social as well as in the economic life it imposes.
# 23580 | 3,171 words | 6 sources | 2002 | DE
Published on Apr 16, 2003 in European Studies (Post-Soviet Period, 1990 on)

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This essay argues that distribution of state assets in post-communist societies repeated already established stratification system by using two types of privilege among the groups:
1) either imposing power due to the occupational position, or
2) manipulation of informational resources among interest groups.

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"Definition of social stratification system in industrial or post-industrial society is much more complicated than in socialist societies. Usually stratification refers to inequalities among people concerning different aspects: 1) distribution of goods, 2) power relations, 3) mobility possibilities etc. "The study of social stratification is the study of how different groupings or strata relate to one another. One group may own and enjoy more economic resources than another, or it may be held in higher esteem, or it may be in a position to order other groups around" (P. Saunders, 1990: 2). Stratification system differs in different societies even in our century. There are various patterns of relations between individuals and groups, which could be determined by cultural heritage or traditions. Despite these differences stratification system usually refers to hierarchical order of groups, which are called classes. The changes in social stratification system appear also within time perspective. If in pre-industrial societies class division was mainly due to the property rights and wealth, class position within stratification system in industrial and post-industrial societies is defined due to more than one attribute of power or wealth. "Knowledge and education, it is said, have become more important than ownership of property or wealth per se in determining a person's life chances" ( H. R. Kerbo, 1996: 75). From this point of view one could argue that property rights, private ownership lost its power in determining individuals position in social stratification system. Thus this argument can be very easy denied. Property in modern industrial society loses only some of the weight in determining individual's or class' position in stratification system, due to emerging new attributes accounting for its place in hierarchical system of a society."

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