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Intro to Sociology- Week 3 notes

by: Ashley Prososki

Intro to Sociology- Week 3 notes SOCI 101 002

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These notes talk about the statuses that we are born with and the statuses that we achieve throughout our lives. They also talk about the hierarchy in our social groups and the roles everybody play...
Intro to Sociology
Laura Elizabeth Simon
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Ashley Prososki on Friday September 16, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOCI 101 002 at University of Nebraska Lincoln taught by Laura Elizabeth Simon in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 27 views. For similar materials see Intro to Sociology in Sociology at University of Nebraska Lincoln.


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Date Created: 09/16/16
Intro to Sociology Week 3 Notes Social Structure and interaction in everyday life  Social interaction o The process by which people act toward or respond to other people and is the foundation for all relationships and groups in society  Social Structure o The framework of societal institutions and the social practices that make up a society and that organize and establish limits on behavior  The framework of social structure is an orderly and fixed arrangement o Social institutions o Groups o Statuses o Roles o Norms  Status o A socially defined position in a group or society characterized by certain expectations, rights, and duties.  Exist independently of specific people occupying them  Status set o All the statuses that a person occupies at a given time  Ascribed status o A social position conferred at birth or received involuntarily later in life  Race/ethnicity, gender, age  Achieved status o A social position that a person assumes voluntarily as a result of personal choice, merit, or direct effort  Occupation, education, income  Negative achieved status  Master status o The most important status a person occupies  Often determines general social position  Confers high or low levels of worth and dignity  Derived from statuses we occupy  Role o Role  Behavioral expectations associated with a given status o Role expectation  A group’s or society’s definition of the way that a specific role ought to be played o Role performance  How a person actually plays the role o Role conflict  Occurs when incompatible roles demands are places on a person by two or more statuses held at the same time o Role strain  Occurs when incompatible demands are built into a single status that a person occupies o Role distancing  Conscious lack of commitment or attachment to a particular role


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