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Chapter 6 - Social Interaction in Everyday life - Chapter 6 pp.126-144

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Suzanne Casimiro

Social Interaction in Everyday Life 27092010 19:04:00 This chapter examines patterns of everyday social interaction. Indentifying important social structures (status and role). Examining how we construct reality through social interaction. Social Structure refers to social patterns that guide our behaviour in everyday life. Building Blocks of SOCIAL STRUCTURE: Status a social position that is part of our social identity and defines our relationships to others Role the action expected of a person who holds a particular status *A person holds a status and performs a role *A persons status set changes over the life course *The role sets attached to a single status vary from society to society around the world Status can either be: Ascribed Status involuntary (being a child, teenager, orphan) Achieved Status which is earned for (PHD, Pilot, thief) Master Status either ascribed or achieved but has specific importance (being blind, a doctor, mayor etc) Role Conflict resulting from tension among roles linked to two or more statuses (a mother that is also a CEO) Role Strain resulting from tension among roles linked to a single status (the college prof who enjoys socializing with their students but know social distance is needed in order to evaluate students fairly)
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