In Thursday’s class we discussed social stratification, which the textbook defines as inequalities among individuals and groups within human societies. This inequality includes access to material and symbolic rewards. As a result, social categories are created which discern between the groups which dictate how they live, and where they live. Two of the earliest forms of social stratification is slavery and the caste system. One allows a person to climb higher in the social rankings (lower class to the higher class), and the other doesn’t allow the individual to move throughout the social rankings, respectively. This then influences the status and honor of a person. Classes in our society are socioeconomic variations in terms of their material prosperity. Nowadays our classes are fluid, achieved, and on larger scale.