Author: Sadie Pendaz

This lesson will define the sociological concept of status and further differentiate the different types of status as related to social structure.

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  • Status

    Any social position that a person occupies.

  • Status Set

    The group of statuses that an individual occupies at any one time.

  • Ascribed Status

    A social position that a person occupies involuntarily by virtue of their birth or life circumstances.

  • Achieved Status

    A social position that a person achieves voluntarily by virtue of their work, talent, or effort.

  • Master Status

    The most important status for shaping a person's identity and position in the social world.