The Pecking Order Essay

2054 WordsApr 15, 20119 Pages
The Pecking Order In the field of sociology, The Pecking Order is a term used to explain the hierarchal system of members within a family. This hierarchal system attempts to explain the diversity of social mobility within individual families. Social mobility refers to the level of individual capacity to advance ones social status. This usually refers to ones power, prestige, and property as it relates to social capital. The pecking order among families usually determines differences in success among siblings. These differences are determined by factors such as family resources, number of siblings, birth order, birth spacing, parental loss, mothers employment, change in family finances, physical attractiveness, gender, luck of outside influences, and status within ones family. In this paper I compare and contrast the findings in The Pecking Order with my family (there will be an absence of income data due to deceased family members and lack of access to certain information). Success among siblings are determined by many key factors all beginning with ones status within a family. Family is the first place that we all experience some kind of hierarchal system. Typically, there is a mother, a father, and a child or children. The father is usually at the top of the hierarchy system. The father usually makes the most money therefore, being able to be the main, if not sole, provider of the family. The mother, if employed usually makes less money than the father. If unemployed, the mother is the homemaker and caregiver of the family. Next, in family hierarchy is the child or children. If there is only one child, then obviously they are at the bottom of the hierarchy family system by default. If there are two children, with a significant age gap, the oldest usually come next on the hierarchy system, then the youngest. If the two children are close in age

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