(noun) An effort by a higher-status individual to take on characteristics of people in a lower-status during social interactions.
Example: A politician who dresses differently depending on the audience to seem more approachable and in touch with the needs of voters.
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- Plural: status declassings
- Termed coined by Vance Packard in The Status Seeker: An Exploration of Class Behavior in America and the Hidden Barriers That Affect You, Your Community, Your Futures (1959).
- Status declassing used in a sentence: My father was great at status declassing, he liked to make everyone feel welcome.
- achieved status
- acquired status
- ascribed status
- master status
- status consistency
- status lender
- status offense
- status quo
- status symbol
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How to Cite the Definition of Status Declassing
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status declassing.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 20, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/status-declassing/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
status declassing. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/status-declassing/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status declassing.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 20, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/status-declassing/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“status declassing.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 20 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/status-declassing/>.