Unformatted text preview: surrounding their body. Social Status • Social status is the position that we occupy in a particular setting. • Status symbols are obvious signs or symbols of a respective status. They can be positive or negative. • Status inconsistency occurs when a person occupies one or more statuses that do not usually coincide in a single person. • Master status overrides all other statuses and is the one by which we are first known to others. For many people, their occupation is their master status. • Stigma is Goffman’s term for a trait or characteristic we possess that causes us to lose prestige in others’ eyes. • When stigma is permanent or severe, it can result in spoiled identity . People think negatively of those with spoiled identities. • One way to deal with people with spoiled identities is through a degradation ceremony , a ritual designed to expel a person from a group....
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- Fall '10
- Sociology, Erving Goffman, social construction, spoiled identities, term impression management