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Examine the advantages and disadvantages of social stratification based Hotel Rwanda.

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Posted March 9, 2013 at 2:59 PM via web

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Examine the advantages and disadvantages of social stratification based Hotel Rwanda.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM (Answer #1)

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One distinct way in which social stratification has benefits is in the attitude of how those in the position of power can use their status to help their own conditions. The Hutu soldiers in the film are one such example of this.  They are sitting atop the social stratification in Rwanda and have no problem using this to their advantage.  The Hutu exercise of power is one such advantage of social stratification when the position of power enables it to be used.  Being Hutu enables Paul to help Tutsis and other survive the slaughter of those in the position of power.   While he does so for the benefit of others, Paul is able to use his status of wealth in a socially stratified system to help his own cause.   Finally, the foreigners exist in a position that almost transcends social stratification, giving them the power to leave.  This is a reality that the Tutsis might not be able to embrace so easily.

One of the fundamental problems with the social stratification that the film shows is what happens when individuals are not in the position of power.  The Tutsis demonstrate the fundamental problem with social stratification.  Those in the position of power are able to take advantage of those who are not in the position of power.  Certainly, it is reasonable to assume that the world of social stratification does not account for those who are on the bottom of it. The slaughter of the Tutsis would lucidly demonstrate how the world of social stratification and power that accompanies it silences voices.  This becomes a disadvantage of social stratification that the film shows.

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