Sociology 100 - Lecture 5 Social Interaction & Social Structure.docx - Sociology 100-Lecture 5 Social Interaction Social Structure COLOR KEY PURPLE

Sociology 100 - Lecture 5 Social Interaction & Social Structure.docx

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Sociology 100-Lecture 5 Social Interaction & Social Structure COLOR KEY: PURPLE = HEADING HOT PINK = DEFINITIONS BLUE = EXAMPLES DARK GR EEN = NAMES RED = TERMS SOCIAL INTERACTION & STRUCTURE Social Interaction The process by which people act toward and respond to others...the foundation for all relationships and groups in society. Social Structure The relatively stable patterns of social interaction that characterize human social life ELEMENTS OF SOCIAL STRUCTURE Status A socially defined position in society characterized by certain expectations, rights, and duties. Statuses occur within social institutions. - EX: ‘High school teacher’ is a status within the education institution. An individual occupies many statuses at the same time Ascribed status - Assigned at birth or based on factors outside of an individual’s control; cannot be changed Achieved status - Social position that a person assumes as a result of personal choice, merit, or direct effort. Master status - The most important status that a person occupies. This status dominates all others and determines person’s general position in society. - Some are achieved- wealth, disfigurement, handicap Status Symbol - A perceived visible, external symbol of one's social position and perceived indicator of economic or social status. EX : material possessions, cars, clothing etc. Social Role - A social role is the expected behavior associated with a particular status. - Statuses are occupied; roles are acted or “played.” - A person’s role set includes all the roles occupied by the person at a given time. - EX

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