serving as sites for important business contacts." 14. . London: Oxford University Press. 40 Zygmunt Bauman has provocatively observed that the rise of the rich is linked to their capacity to lead highly mobile lives: "Mobility climbs to the rank of the uppermost among coveted values -and the freedom to move, perpetually a scarce. 20 While many of the variables that contribute to an understanding of social stratification have long been identified, models of these variables and their role in constituting social stratification are still an active topic of theory and research. Theorists such as Ralf Dahrendorf alternately note the tendency toward an enlarged middle-class in modern Western societies due to the necessity of an educated workforce in technological economies. Fun, sociable, friendly, intelligent and loving. In modern Western societies, stratification is often broadly classified into three major divisions of social class : upper class, middle class, and lower class. The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. The meat itself is then distributed evenly among the entire social group, rather than kept by the hunter.