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Slwk 311 - Sw & Oppressed Groups
Sw & Oppressed Groups Documents

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I Social Status Overview The ways we choose to present ourselves to other people also give clues as to our social status which is the position we occupy in a particular setting Some statuses carry more prestige and power than others A STATUS SYMBOLS 1 Sometimes we wear status symbols or signs or symbols of a respective status a Professors wear academic regalia to identify their status within the collegiate setting b Successful businesspeople may drive luxurious cars or wear expensive clothing or jewelry to indicate a high financial status within the community i A wedding ring is also an example of a status symbol in our culture as it communicates the message that the wearer is married 2 Not all status symbols are positive In some states an individual who has been convicted of driving a car while intoxicated must put a bumper sticker saying DUI Driving under the Influence or Convicted DUI on their car a The bumper sticker indicates a status that is generally looked down on in our society B STATUS INCONSISTENCY 1 We tend to have more than one status at any given point in our lives and most of the time there is consistency among our various statuses 2 Status inconsistency results when a person occupies one or more statuses that do not ordinarily coincide in the same person a A seventy five year old grandmother who is a college freshman and a cab driver who is a classically trained Shakespearean actor both exhibit status inconsistency C MASTER STATUS 1 A master status overrides all other statuses and becomes the one by which we are first known to others 2 For many people their occupation is their master status since it conveys so much about their income education skills and interests 3 People who differ from the rest of society in some way may have a different master status 4 For many people who are homosexual their sexual orientation becomes their master status and others think of it when they hear those people s names 5 Their statuses as professionals athletes family



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