Example: An individual’s age, ethnicity, gender, or occupation.
Audio Pronunciation: (mas·ter stat·us)
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- Plural: master statuses
- An individual’s master status is situational; an individual’s ethnicity or gender is not a master status within a group of people with the same ethnicity or gender but it is when that individual is a minority in a group.
- Master statuses shape an individual’s social identity, role expectations and performances, and impact a person’s experience with inequality and oppression.
- Masters statuses are often ascribed statuses.
- Master status used in a sentence: Sociologists are fascinated by master statuses as determinates of social mobility.
- “[R]ace, sex, social class, sexual orientation, and disability are currently the primary axes of difference in American society—they are also what social scientists call master statuses” (Rosenblum and Travis 2012:2).
- Hughes, Everett C. 1945. Dilemmas and Contradictions of Status.
Rosenblum, Karen Elaine, and Toni-Michelle Travis. 2012. The Meaning of Difference: American Constructions of Race, Sex and Gender, Social Class, Sexual Orientation, and Disability. New York: McGraw-Hill.