Micro Sociolog1 - All the world is a stage and all the men...

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Micro Sociology: Roles, Status, and Expectations Henslin (1999:95-97) draws a distinction between status and roles. Status refers to the social positions that exist in society while roles refer to "expected" patterns of behavior, obligations, and privileges attached to a particular social status . Associated with each role (or social position) are many expectations concerning how a person should behave. Expectations are like norms. Viewing life simply in terms of roles that people occupy, one begins to see all life as if it were a stage play. Shakespeare said in "As You Like It":
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Unformatted text preview: All the world is a stage and all the men and women merely players They have their exits and their entrances And one man in his time plays many parts To act in a role is simply to act according to the norms (rules) and expectations attached to it. Ascribed Status Vs. Achieved Status Henslin (1999:96) calls attention to the distinction between ascribed status and achieved status. Ascribed statuses are involuntary . One is born with ascribed status such as race or sex. Age is also an ascribed status. Achieved status, on the other hand, is earned. It is based on merit....
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