There are many ways one can organize stratification within a society. Even within egalitarian societies, there is some form of stratification present among its members. One such means of organization is through the Social Estates, which works through the construction of broad social orders of stratification. It is a modern interpretation of the Estates of the Realm, first introduced in medieval France, and it consists of five estates.
The First Estate consists of the clergy. This consists of any figure that leads a religious congregation. The Second Estate consists of people of privilege or eminence. This includes celebrities, politicians, corporate executives, captains of industry, and other people of influence who do not belong to the First Estate. The Third Estate consists of ordinary, everyday people. This includes the working class, farmers, day laborers, craftsmen, working professionals, and any other profession that doesn’t belong in either the First or Second Estates. The Fourth Estate consists of the press. This includes news media, print journalism, broadcast news, internet outlets, and commentators (social, political, etc.).
Finally, there’s the Fifth Estate which consists of social outcasts and outsiders. This consists of any person who doesn’t fit into societal norms or that has trouble incorporating into society. It is with this Fifth Estate that our stage is set, following a group of individuals that society shuns for being different; for possessing abilities that fall outside of the normal range found within the average human being. Some say that what they have is unnatural whereas others claim that it is the next step in evolution. Either way, they are different. What follows are their stories.
First Estate – the clergy
Second Estate – people of privilege or eminence
Third Estate – ordinary, everyday people
Fourth Estate – the press
Fifth Estate – social outcasts and outsiders