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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 Goffmans 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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