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Social Interaction in Everyday Life

by: Angela Dela Llana

Social Interaction in Everyday Life Soci 1311

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Intro to Sociology
Jason Shelton
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sociology, social, interaction, everyday, life
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Date Created: 09/18/16
SOCI 1311 Chapter 5: Social Interaction in Everyday Life General Terms Status defines our relationship to other people and positions relative to other people. It something that we own. Your status doesn Statuses are ranked, and in most situations, one person would have more status than another. Examples of different statues include college professor and student, father and daughter, and doctor and patient. A status set is all the statuses that a person occupies at any given moment. One man can be a professor, father, husband, and football fan. This shows complexity of our lives. Some statuses conflict with others. An ascribed status is a status that we possess or inherit that has nothing to do with our merits or abilities. For example, we belong in the same social class as our parents for essentially the first 20 years of our lives and often even longer. Other examples include birth order, physical appearance, race, and age. An achieved status is a status statuses that we earn based on our talents and decisions. It is the opposite of an ascribed status. An achieved status can be positive or negative. Becoming a parent can be an achieved status. Gender can also be an achieved status. Negative achieved statuses include felon, rapist, murderer, and inmate. We have a lot of control over some statuses and little control over others. The master status is the status in your status set that most people know you for, your public persona. For example, most people know Dr. Shelton as a professor. For most people, what you would be known for is your career. Historically, the emphasis for a man was his career; for a woman, the caretaker role, whether she was a good wife and mom, was important. A role is a set of expectations, rights, and duties that are attached to a particular status. In order to keep your status, you have to fulfill certain obligations. Role conflict is when a person cannot fulfill the role of one status without violating the role of another status. For example, the responsibilities of a being a mother could get in a way of being a student. Theories of Socialization There is another theory of socialization called impression management. Impression management is the idea that we reveal and conceal information about ourselves to make a favorable impression to others. You tell someone certain things about you and not tell them other things. One example is putting your best foot forward in a job interview by boasting about your achievements and covering up your tattoos. Dramaturgic sociology is a term created by Erving Goffman. He argued that social interaction was like a play. W cting with henever , front stage, and when we where we can rehearse our roles. Every situation has a script and props to help manage our role. Dramaturgic sociology is an active theory with passive components.


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