Example: ethnicity, gender, and sex.
Audio Pronunciation: (as·cribed stat·us)
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- Plural: ascribed statuses
- Coined by Ralph Linton (1893–1953) in The Study of Man: An Introduction (1936).
- Ascribed statuses are often master statuses.
- Achieved status is the opposite of ascribed status.
- Ascribed statuses such as ethnicity and gender directly impact the likelihood of acquiring achieved statuses due to inequality and oppression.
- Also called:
- ascribed role
- ascribed status
- ascribed trait
- Ascribed status used in a sentence: Marsha was born with two ascribed statuses; she is African-American and a woman.