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Sociological studies of inequality and stratification examine the distribution of wealth and power within and across societies and the systems of stratification that develop including class, caste, race, and gender. Forms of inequality that arise among individuals and groups may include income, occupation, education, or health.
Sociological research includes comparative studies that identify similar and different sources of inequality, stratification, and mobility across societies. It measures their impact on individuals, families, and communities and their persistence over time and across generations. Sociologists analyze processes in institutions such as the economy, education, or religion that generate, maintain, and change social inequality and systems of stratification.
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Through Sociology, we study our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes. ASA Topics web pages provide various lenses through which to explore those studies, their findings and the questions that they trigger.