CH7NOTES - COM225 Notes Chapter 7: Role Competence Berger...

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COM225 Notes Chapter 7: Role Competence Berger and Benedict believe that culture constrains & controls our behavior. We are “creatures of culture” & roles reflect this. Social position is standing in a social hierarchy based on: o Occupation o Age o Place in family o Education o Job title o Etc. A role is a set of expectations for how someone in a particular position should behave 4 features of roles 1. Learned rather than innate 2. General rather than specific 3. Centrally related to our identity 4. Multiple; most of us play different roles Young toddlers in preschool o Play house, feed baby o Fight over plastic food & frying pans o Everyone wants to drive the little plastic car o There aren’t boy & girl games yet Paley observed that around age 4: o Boys played with boys (monsters & superheroes)
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COM225 Notes o Girls played family with other girls Role rigidity : a role “takes over” one’s entire identity o Can’t deviate from the role o
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This note was uploaded on 03/29/2008 for the course COM 225 taught by Professor Morrison during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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CH7NOTES - COM225 Notes Chapter 7: Role Competence Berger...

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