Definition of Master Status
Examples of Master Status
Master Status Pronunciation
Syllabification: mas·ter stat·us
- American English – /mAs-tuhr stAY-tuhs/
- British English – /mAHs-tuh stAY-tuhs/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈmæstər ˈstætəs/
- British English – /ˈmɑːstə ˈsteɪtəs/
- 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 impacts an individual’s experience with inequality and oppression.
- Master statuses are often ascribed statuses and affect 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).
- Word origin of “master” and “status” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- Hughes, Everett C. 1945. Dilemmas and Contradictions of Status.
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “master status.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 22, 2021 (https://sociologydictionary.org/master-status/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
master status. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/master-status/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “master status.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 22, 2021. https://sociologydictionary.org/master-status/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“master status.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Oct. 2021. <https://sociologydictionary.org/master-status/>.