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1 Chapter 5

2 What is social structure? Social Structure: the underlying patterns of relationships in a group 1

3 What do sociologists mean by status? Status: a position a person occupies within a social structure 2

4 What is an ascribed status? ascribed status: a position that is neither earned nor chosen but assigned 3

5 How is status achieved? achieved status: a position that is earned or chosen 4

6 What is a status set? status set: all of the statuses that a person occupies at any particular time 5

7 Are all of a person’s statuses equal? master status : a position that strongly affects most other aspects of a person’s life 6

8 “ It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot Roles:

9 Statuses are like parts in a play student friend employee teammate…. Roles are the way we play out our parts … roles are like statuses in action Stanford Prison Experiment

10 Rights and Obligations Rights: behaviors that individuals can expect from others Obligations: behaviors that individuals are expected to perform toward others

11 Role performance and social interaction role performance: the actual behavior of an individual in a role Roles are “statuses” in action

12 Role performance and social interaction social interaction: the process of influencing each other as people relate …if statuses are like parts in a play, and roles are like the script… then social interaction represents the way actors respond to cues given by other actors

13 The Stanford Prison Experiment

14 Mr. Jones is a member of a high school board and his daughter is a junior at the same high school. The board recently considered a proposal to drastically cut spending in the art department. Mr. Jones daughter is an aspiring artist with dreams of opening her own studio someday. What should Mr. Jones do?

15 Dave is the manager of a team of computer engineers. Dave’s good friend Ted is assigned to Dave’s team. Dave has to play the roles of both supervisor and friend. Ted has to play the roles of both employee and friend. Each role contains a variety of expectations. As a friend, Dave is expected to support Ted (and vice versa) when difficulties arise. But as a supervisor Dave is expected to treat employees without partiality. What is Dave to do if Ted messes up on the job? How is Ted to react if Dave has to discipline him?

16 Role Conflict role conflict: when the performance of a role in one status interferes with the performance of a role in another status

17 Role Strain role strain: when the roles of a single status are inconsistent or conflicting

18 Type of Society Use of ToolsImportance ofLeisure TimeGovernmentLiving AnimalsConditions

19 Types of Societies Hunting and Gathering a society that survives by hunting animals and gathering edible plants nomadic, few material goods economics based on cooperation (members share possessions) with few possessions there is no social class (no rich or poor) Horticultural a society that survives primarily through the growing of plants led to more permanent settlements permitted the growth of community-based societies stability and growth

20 Types of Societies Pastoral a society in which food is obtained primarily by raising and taking care of animals cattle goats, sheep, etc. (meat and milk) since grain is needed to feed animals, farming emerges still some migration, but more long-term communities surplus of food allows division of labor (pottery makers, tool makers, etc.) surplus allows development of social inequity (class system) Agricultural a society that uses plows and draft animals in growing food plow allowed for more productivity (more food) more area can be cultivated by fewer people people free to engage in other things (education, music, politics, etc.) cities are built and occupations not related to farming emerge wealth and power, increasing class system

21 Industrial Societies industrial society: a society that depends on science and technology to produce its basic goods and services

22 What happens when agricultural societies become industrial societies? mechanization: replacing animal and human power with machine power

23 What happens when agricultural societies become industrial societies? urbanization: the shifting of population from farms and villages to large cities

24 What did Ferdinand Tonnies have to say? Gemeinschaft (ga MINE shoft) : German for “community.” Preindustrial society based on tradition, kinship, and close social ties. Gesellschaft (ga ZELL shoft): German for “society.” industrial society characterized by weak family ties, competition, and impersonal social relationships.

25 What were Durkheim’s views? social solidarity: the degree to which a society is unified mechanical solidarity: a type of social unity achieved by people doing the same type of work and holding similar values organic solidarity: a type of social unity in which members’ interdependence is based on specialized functions and statuses

26 Postindustrial Society postindustrial society: a society in which the economic emphasis is on providing services and information

27 Five major features of postindustrial societies According to David Bell: 1.For the first time, the majority of the labor force is employed in services rather than in agriculture or manufacturing 2. White collar employment replaces much blue collar work. 3. Technical knowledge is the key organizing feature of postindustrial societies. 4. Technological change is planned and assessed. 5. Reliance on computer modeling in all areas.


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