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Definition of Ascribed Status

(noun) A status assigned at birth or assumed involuntarily later in life, often based on biological factors, that cannot be changed through individual effort or achievement.

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Etymology of Ascribed Status

Ascribed Status Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: as·cribed stat·us

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /əˈskraɪbd ˈstætəs/
  • British English – /əsˈkraɪbd ˈsteɪtəs/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: ascribed statuses
  • Ascribed statuses are often master statuses.
  • Ascribed status is the opposite of achieved status.
  • An individual can have multiple ascribed statuses that engage with each other intersectionally.
  • Ascribed statuses such as ethnicity and gender directly impact the likelihood of acquiring achieved statuses due to inequality and oppression.
  • A physical trait, biological in origin is an ascribed characteristic.
  • An ascribed identity refers to “identity-based” ascribed statuses, such as race, religion, or sex.
  • Also called ascription.

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Cite the Definition of Ascribed Status

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “ascribed status.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 10, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/ascribed-status/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

ascribed status. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/ascribed-status/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “ascribed status.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 10, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/ascribed-status/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“ascribed status.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 10 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/ascribed-status/>.