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Unformatted text preview: Social Structure People's relationships are characterized by social ordering. Sociologists apply the term social structure to this social ordering-the interweaving of people's interactions and relationships in recurrent and stable patterns. o Statuses. Status represents a position within a group or society. It is by means of statuses that we locate one another in various social structures. Some are assigned to us ascribed statuses; others we secure on the basis of individual choice and competition achieved statuses. o Roles. A status carries with it a set of culturally defined rights and duties, what sociologists term a role. A role is the expected behavior we associate with a status. Role performance is the actual behavior of the person who occupies a status. Role conflict arises when individuals are confronted with conflicting expectations stemming from their occupancy of...
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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