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32 Examples of a Social Hierarchy

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A social hierarchy is a formal or informal ranking of social position or status. Formal hierarchies include things like the organizational charts of companies that grant the authority to command departments and teams. Informal hierarchies include valued elements of status such as wealth, fame and group memberships. The following are examples of social hierarchies.
A-list celebrities
Academic hierarchies
Aristocracy
Bureaucratic elite
Bureaucratic hierarchies
Caste system
Citizenship & immigration status
Corporate hierarchies
Creative class
Dictators
Educational attainment
Elite athletes
Elite status based on fame or popularity
Employee vs freelancer status
Entrepreneurial class
High or low status professions
Indentured servitude
Intelligentsia
Middle class
Nobility
Peasant class
Political hierarchies
Religious hierarchies
Royalty
Ruling class
School cliques
Scoring systems such as credit scores
Serfdom
Technocratic elite
Upper class
Wealth and income level
Working class
Positions in a social hierarchy can be a form of achieved status based on an individual's results in life. Alternatively, positions in a hierarchy can be a form of ascribed status whereby an individual has no control over this position.

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