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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 4: Social Interaction in Everyday Life- Social interaction: process by which people act and react in relation to others- Members of society rely on social structure to make sense out of everyday situations Status : social position that a person holds- Status set: all the statuses a person holds at a given time- Over a lifetime, people gain and lose dozens of statuses- Ascribed status: social position a person receives at birth or takes on involuntarily later in life (ex. Daughter, Cuban, teenager, widower)- Achieved status: social position a person takes on voluntarily that reflects personal ability and effort (ex. Honors student, Olympic athlete, writer, thief)- Master status: status that has special importance for social identity, often shaping a persons entire life o For most people, this is your job. While for others it could be a name (Bush or Kennedy family members have increased opportunities and attention) Role : behavior expected of someone who holds a particular status- A person HOLDS a status, PERFORMS a role- Role set: a number of roles attached to a single status...
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