Diversity and homogeneity in world societies

HRAF Press New Haven, CT Published In Pages: 190
By Bourguignon, Erika, Greenbaum, Lenora


Stratification among freemen will vary according to world region (47).


Stratification among freemen is nonexistent in 47% of African, 60% of North American, and 77% of South American societies. Incidence of wealth distinction without social classes is lowest among South American (11%) and highest among East Eurasian (30%) societies. Stratification of two distinct classes exists in 36% of African and 32% of Circum-Mediterranean and Insular Pacific Societies. Complex stratification occurs almost exclusively in the Circum-Mediterranean (35%) and East Eurasia (22%).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Comparison of percentagesSupport claimedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Social StratificationDependentClasses
World RegionIndependentIdentification, Location