Ethnic stratification involves the separation of groups along ethnic lines. This stratification is usually horizontal in nature and is typically connected to the distribution of opportunities, privileges, advantages, material rewards, and power among ethnic groups within a society. Some of the key concepts to ethnic stratification are power, access, and opportunity, which are tied to an ethnic's group social status. The central idea is that certain groups are excluded or severely restricted from economic and social mobility, whereas others have greater access to resources because of the society's hierarchical arrangement based on ethnic group affiliation. Ethnic stratification can also be thought of as a system of structured equality or inequality in which people receive different opportunities and resources based on one's ethnic group affiliation. The ...

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