-Davis and Moore (D&M), Some Principles of Stratification (TIR Ch. 2);
-Tumin, Some Principles of Stratification: A Critical Analysis
Prompt: Please describe the overall argument of Davis and Moores original article Some Principles of Stratification, as well as Tumins criticism of Davis and Moore.
For a full grade of 10 points, please be sure to address all of the following questions in your response:
1.*D&M make a certain argument regarding the relative rarity of highly skilled/talented people. For D&M, why might this rarity entitle these skilled people to higher rewards? How does Tumin critique this theory? For Tumin, what might account for the ostensible rarity of talent?
- * According to Tumin, what is D&Ms mistaken assumption when it comes to motivations? Does Tumin argue that D&M have a too-narrow conception of possible motivations, or too broad?
- * D&M argue that high rewards are a necessary incentive for those who make great sacrifices (i.e., the time and cost of medical school). Tumin call this the least critically thought-out position in D&Ms article. Why is this so?