Then comes the adolescent, swollen with vanity, full of ambition, a shade backward with girls. Then, the medical student preparing to become a surgeon. The fighting man of the Free French forces, thrown across North Africa with an infantry battalion from Chad. The wreck of a man, lacerated by grenades, who returns to Paris and make a stab at 10 different professions. The beginner at the Pasteur Institute, discovering in awe the world of research and biology. All this gang marching in single file….
François Jacob… I have trouble imaging that, when the name Francois Jacob is called, all these selves can leap up and answer, “Present!” When I come across my name in a report card, a military document, or an old newspaper article, it seems to refer to fellows who happen to have the same name as I. Would I recognize them if I passed them on the street? Like the bird contemplating the shell it has just broken out of, and saying, “Me? In there? Never!”
Age: 54 Husband Father Race: “White” Professor Friend Status-sets “identities” Executive Director Since individuals occupy multiple statuses, which specific status becomes activated at any given time? How is this “socially negotiated” by partners in interactions? How are discrepant activations resolved? Status-Activation & “Salient Statuses”
Age: 54 Husband Father Race: “White” Professor Friend Status-sets “identities” Executive Director Since individuals occupy multiple statuses they are subject to cross-pressures: expectations to comply with contending expectations of different statuses. to what extent are the beliefs, values attitudes, interests and social standing attached to different statuses in an individual’s status-set consistent? …and then how are the inevitable inconsistencies that arise managed? Status-consistency
Age: 54 Husband Father Race: “White” Professor Friend Status-conflict; Status-strain Executive Director Conflict : living up to the demands and obligations of one status precludes fulfilling the demands and obligations of another status. Strain : fulfilling all of the various status demands and obligations, but at less than peak effectiveness – having to prioritize, make trade offs, cut corners.
Role-conflict or Role-strain Status-conflict or Status-strain
Professor Students Colleagues Deans Support Staff Community Role-set of the status of “Professor” (each with a variable “person-set)
MULTIPLE STATUSES IF YOU CAN IDENTIFY YOUR COUNTER ROLE OCCUPANTS THEY WILL LEAD YOU TO YOUR ROLE-SET.
JANE DOE’S STATUS SET
ROLE-SET CHARACTERISTICS • Size or Volume – the number of roles in the role-set. • Elasticity – the degree to which the role can be readily expanded. • Visibility – the degree to which the whole set of roles can be seen by other role occupants.
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