Author: Zach Lamb

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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Terms to Know
Achieved Status

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

Ascribed Status

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

Master Status

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


Any social position that a person occupies.

Status Set

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