Example: A teacher and student, the teacher fills the role of authority.
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- Plural: statuses
- The terms status and social status are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- An individual often simultaneously occupies multiple statuses.
- Statuses are complementary, dynamic, and relational.
- The distinction between status and role is a status is what you “are” and a role is what you “do.” Being a parent is a status, being a provider for your children is a role.
- Also called social status.
- achieved status
- ascribed status
- master status
- Status used in a sentence: I have multiple statuses as a student, a parent, and a worker.
- “[As] you experience your social statuses; you live through them. They are the filters through which you see and make sense of the world , and in large measure they account for how you are treated and what you notice” (Rosenblum and Travis 2012:194).
- Linton, Ralph. 1936. The Study of Man: An Introduction.
- Pearce, Jone L. 2011. Status in Management and Organizations. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
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.