Week 5 - Social Structure

Week 5 - Social Structure - Chapter 5 Social Structure...

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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 5 Social Structure refers to the patterned and orderly way in which people interact with one another. S/F and C/P emphasize that all of us operate in a society in which there are numerous social constraints, many of which we do not realize we’re operating under. The emphasize: Status: Achieved vs. Ascribed, Master Statuses (position in society: husband/son, daughter/wife) Achieved status positions are statuses in society that we are responsible for having achieved. (level of education, occupation, awards) Ascribed status positions are like age, sex, race. Ones which you have little control over and are a function of birth. Master Statuses are the major positions. Occupation is a major one, you are what you do. People react differently to you based on your occupation (police man, stripper, programmer) S/F & C/P argue that these have an overwhelming effect on our behavior. Role: Role Set, Role Strain/Stress, Role Conflict When talking about your status, you can break down what roles you have to play. This is your role set. Professor: teacher, administrator, researcher, advisor, ambassador etc. When these roles of your status come in disagreement with one another, that is called role stress or role strain. Teacher vs. Research. Publish or perish, the amount of time spent to stress or role strain....
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