a social position that a person holds. Refers to any of the full range of socially defined positions within a large group or society. A number of statuses (i.e., a status set) can be held at the same time (e.g., president, father, son and business partner).
(a building block of social organization)
All of the statuses a person holds at a given time
is voluntarily achieved through our own ability and effort. (e.g., lawyer, pianist, convict, and social worker).
A status that has special importance for social identity, often shaping a person’s entire life; dominates other statuses and thereby determines a person’s general position within society
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