Definition of Status Quo
(noun) The current state of a group or society.
Status Quo Pronunciation
Syllabification: stat·us quo
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈstætəs kwoʊ/
- British English – /ˈsteɪtəs kwəʊ/
- Plural: status quos
- “These days, most of use take birth control for granted. But that’s only because feminists fought so hard for it since the beginning of the last century. Margaret Sanger, one of the pioneers of the birth control movement, was arrested for passing out a leaflet that told women how to limit—as if mere knowledge of birth control was a threat to the status quo, which perhaps it was” (Kaufman and Kimmel 2011:18)!
- achieved status
- ascribed status
- master status
- status consistency
- status declassing
- status lender
- status offense
- status symbol
Kaufman, Michael, and Michael S. Kimmel. 2011. The Guy’s Guide to Feminism. Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.
Cite the Definition of Status Quo
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status quo.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/status-quo/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
status quo. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/status-quo/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “status quo.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/status-quo/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“status quo.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/status-quo/>.