Status…What is it All About?

Hi everyone….I chose this topic because this weekend I wondered about peoples behaviour when they are around certain people from a certain status or level of society compared to when they are around plain folk or people who aren’t from the upper stratus of the society. What is status? it is used to refer to a person’s social standing or rank.

What does it mean? the position of an individual in relation to another or others, especially in regard to social or professional standing. state or condition of affairs. What are the different types of statuses? Social status refers to a position one holds in a society. …

There are three types of social statuses. Achieved status is earned based on merit; ascribed status is given to us by virtue of birth; and master status is the social status we view as the most important. What are status symbols: Status symbols also indicate the cultural values of a society or a subculture. For example, in a commercial society, having money or wealth and things that can be bought by wealth, such as cars, houses, or fine clothing, are considered status symbols.

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In sociology, the term status refers to a person’s rank or position in a particular context. Associated with a status are various expectations and, in some cases, privileges called roles. In some countries our status is divided based on our social classes, such as:

Many countries follow these same categories and others follow it based on religion, ethnicity etc. Why do we want to hob knob with people who society deems as upper class or of an ascribed status? We all want to belong its a main precept as indicated by Maslow hierarchy of needs.

The hierarchy indicates that we strive to satisfy the lower base needs like hunger, shelter, then we move towards satisfying higher needs such as security snd safety. As these are sated we want now want better, stronger, more advantageous relationships and once these are made then we look to build our self esteem or move to the pinnacle of self, that is self actualisation. I go through this to show that we move from one level to the next once one has been satisfied, or sometimes we are going after two or even three levels at the same time.

There are people who grow up in an environment where your status is a major thing and they do whatever is necessary to get ahead to reach that point. I see people everyday who go to lengths to ensure they are mixing with people of the right class or status to ensure they “make it” in life. I don’t want to be like that and hopefully i’m not. Everyone is different and have different beliefs and attitudes, I respond to them depending on how I view them and their behaviour, but sometimes its hard not to lump people together in one category. What about you?

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Published by Gail Francis

Hi, I'm a mother of four, one boy and three girls ranging in ages from 26yrs to 22yrs. I own my own business that I run with my husband and we have no pets. We've had a variety of pets from dogs, cats fish etc, but things go wrong when we have pets so we decided that we are not pet people. I'm a creative person and I love to learn and share what I learn. Watercolour painting is my great love. I dream of having my art appreciated and hung on the walls of homes, offices, churches, anywhere that people can view them and start up a conversation about them. So that's a little about me, come peruse more of my site and ENJOY!!!

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