10-2-07 - Social Class A large group of people who are rank...

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Social Class – A large group of people who are rank close to one another in wealth, power and prestige. Status - The position that someone occupies in society or in a social group. Status Set – All the statuses or positions that an individual occupies Ascribed Status – Positions an individual either inherits at birth or receives involuntarily later in life. Achieved Status – Positions that are earned, accomplished, or involve at least some effort or activity on the individuals part. Status Symbol – Items used to identify status. Master Status – A status that cuts across the other statuses that an individual occupies. Role – The behaviors, obligations, and privileges attached to status Group – People who have something in common and who believe that what they have in common is significant; also called a social group. Social Institutions – The Organized, usual, or standard ways by which society meets its basic needs. Examples: family, religion, education, politics, laws, etc.
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