Social Structure

Social Structure - Topic 5: Social Structure A. What is...

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Topic 5: Social Structure A. What is Social Structure? 1. Some examples: a. Group: 2 or more people Feeling of unity Stable pattern of interaction b. Organization: A group designed to achieve specific objectives c. Institution: A complex structure of: norms, values, statuses, roles, groups, organizations, careers Examples of Institutions Family, religion, economy, polity, education 2. 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 Structure 1. Status: a position in a social structure a. Achieved vs. ascribed b. Master Status: occupation, race, gender, deviant status 2. Role: a set of expectations attached to a position. Includes: rights and duties 3. Things to Remember About Roles a. A role performance is not the same thing as a role b. A single status may involve a number of roles . .. Role Set STATUS: PROFESSOR Role 1: TEACHER Role 2: RESEARCHER Role 3: ADMINISTRATOR (Not drawn to scale)
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c. Role Conflict: occurs when two roles are incompatible:
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This note was uploaded on 09/16/2008 for the course SOC 1004 taught by Professor Mdhughes during the Fall '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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