Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

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THE PAKISTAN DEVELOPMENT REVIEW 

Social Structure of Pakistan: An Attempt at Developing Some Concepts

In this paper I would like to introduce three interrelated propositions about the Social structure of Pakistan: (i) that Pakistan society is characterized by a social stratification process which is compensatory in nature; (ii) that the compensatory process of social stratification over the years has given rise to status-centric value orientation; and (iii) that the most significant indicator of status-centric orientation is emergence of artificial middle class which can be distinguished from real middle class in terms of norms. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Sabeeha Hafeez

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