Definition of Status Symbol
Examples of Status Symbol
- An expensive and limited edition car.
- Reserved parking spot.
Status Symbol Pronunciation
Syllabification: stat·us sym·bol
- American English – /stAY-tuhs sIm-buhl/
- British English – /stAY-tuhs sIm-buhl/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈstætəs ˈsɪmbəl/
- British English – /ˈsteɪtəs ˈsɪmbəl/
- Plural: status symbols
- Status symbols are related to conspicuous consumption.
- Veblen goods are status symbols, these products that are in demand primarily because of their high price and serve as markers of status. Examples of Veblen goods include designer handbags, jewelry, and luxury cars.
- “Concern with identity means taking seriously the importance of fashion in gentrification: gentrifiers and suburbanites are members of different status groups, using housing as status symbols to define and claim membership of those groups. Displacees are just as concerned with the maintenance of their identity, but do not have access to the same amount of resources as gentrifiers. Because the solution to the gentrifiers‘ identity crisis takes place at the expense of the displacee, gentrification takes on a synecdochal quality: the concerns expressed in struggles over gentrification exemplify the general concern with identity in conditions of modernity, which should be understood as the subjective experience of everyday life within a capitalist mode of production. The context within which these struggles over status take place is nonetheless class-constituted and class laden. Gentrification and the struggles it engenders should be interpreted as a form of hegemonic practice. Ultimately, it is this that makes gentrification ‘gentrification‘” (Redfern 2003:2351).
- achieved status
- ascribed status
- master status
- status consistency
- status declassing
- status lender
- status offense
- status quo
Redfern, P. A. 2003. “What Makes Gentrification ‘Gentrification’?” Urban Studies 40(12):2351–66. doi:10.1080/0042098032000136101.
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