Aim: How do people adopt statuses? • Do Now: What are you?
What is a status symbol? What status do the following symbols convey?
What is status? • Social Structure- underlying patterns of relationships within the group • Status-a position a person occupies within a social structure • Ascribed status: a status one is born into • Achieved status: a position that is earned or chosen • Status set: all of the statuses one occupies at a particular time • Master status: status that affects most other aspects of a person’s life: it is who you are.
Explain the meaning of this quote: All the world's 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. -Shakespeare, As You Like It
Dramaturgical Analysis • Uses the analogy of theater to analyze social behavior. • People are viewed as actors occupying roles as they play out life’s drama • People use impression management : ways that people use revelation and concealment to make a favorable impression others
role: an expected behavior associated with a particular status • Role performance: actual conduct or behavior involved in carrying out a role. Usually involves social interaction. • Social interaction: process of influencing each other as people relate. • Role conflict: condition in which the performance of a role in one status interferes with the performance of a role in another status. • Role strain: condition in which the roles of a single status are inconsistent or conflicting. Often one must consider which role is most important.