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SOC 1100
Deanna Behnke- Cook

Social Interaction The stuff of everyday life social interaction • “the process by which people act and react in relation to others” (in relation to others, and specific kinds of others) • the key to creating perceived reality and social structure through the magic of face-to-face contact • action and reaction takes place normally within social guidelines (free will? determinism?) “hanging with your friends” social structure • helps you makes sense of everyday situations • clarifies cultural norms the structure thats out there is nothing more than a combination of our interactions • eliminates chaos (which confuses, unsettles, paralyzes) necessary for “normal” daily life (norms determine whats normal) • allows one to make choices with predictable outcomes fits with structural-functionalism Status: • “a recognized social position that an individual occupies” • sociologically, status does not mean “prestige” • involves particular duties, rights and expectations or guidelines for individual behaviour • connects us to others • defines who we are in relation to others (father/daughter) is a key component of social identity (for example, occupation) Status set: • all the statuses a person holds at a given time • these branch out and change over time • can be expanded or diminished (by joining or withdrawing from an organization or social group) people gain and lose dozens of statuses and status sets over a lifetime (tie people into an evolving network of relationships) ascribed status: “a social position one assumes at birth or acquires involuntarily later in life” one about which the individual has little or no choice Given to you from birth (not something you acquire) *sister, niece, social class achieved status: • “a social position one assumes voluntarily and that reflects personal ability or effort” •many statuses are a combination of ascription and achievement •master status: “a status that has exceptional importance for social identity, often shaping a person’s entire life” Overwhelmingly important in your personal identity *Prince, professional something (alot of responsibility-fireman, police man, etc) role •role = “behaviour expected of someone who holds a particular status” (behaviour and duties associated with the status) • one holds a status and performs a role • some personal latitud
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