Topic 5: Social StructureA. What is Social Structure?1. Some examples:a. Group:•2 or more people•Feeling of unity•Stable pattern of interactionb. Organization:A group designed to achieve specific objectivesc. Institution:A complex structure of: norms, values, statuses, roles, groups,organizations, careersExamples of InstitutionsFamily, religion, economy, polity, education2. So, What is Social Structure?•A stable and routine pattern of interaction or relationship•May be simple or complex, concrete or abstract
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B. Components of Social Structure1. Status: a position in a social structurea. Achieved vs. ascribedb. Master Status: occupation, race, gender, deviant status2. Role: a set of expectations attached to a position.Includes: rights and duties3. Things to Remember About Rolesa. A role performance is not the same thing as a roleb. A single status may involve a number of roles ... Role SetSTATUS:PROFESSORRole 1:TEACHERRole 2:RESEARCHERRole 3:ADMINISTRATOR(Not drawn to scale)