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Chapter 6

SOC 1100 Chapter 6:

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SOC 1100
Deanna Behnke- Cook

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Soc 1100
Chapter 6
Social Interaction in Everyday Life
Social Structure: A Guide to Everyday Living
Social Interaction: the process by which people act and react in relation to others
Through interaction, we create the reality in which we live
Social structure: any relatively stable pattern of social behaviour used to make sense of
everyday situations and frame people’s lives
Status: A social position that a person holds
Status set: All the statuses held at one time
o A teenage girl
o Daughter to her parents
o Sister to her brother
o Student
o A goalie on her hockey team
Ascribed Status
A social position a person receives at birth or assumes involuntarily later in life
Can be based upon:
o Race
o Social class
o Age group
o Gender
Achieved Status
A social position a person assumes voluntarily that reflects ability and effort
o An honours student
o An Olympic athlete
o A spouse
o A computer programmer
Master Status
A status that has special importance for social identity, often shaping a person’s entire
o Occupation
o Recognized family name
o Gender
o Negative aspects: illness, disability, disease
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