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13 Cards in this Set

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Social Structure

The framework of society that surrounds us; consists of the ways that people and groups are related to one another; this framework gives direction to and sets limits on our behavior


The position that someone occupies in a social group (also called social status)

Status symbols

Indicators of a status; items that display prestige

Master Status

A status that cuts across the other statuses that an individual occupies


The behaviors, obligations, and privileges attached to a status

Social Institution

The organized, usual, or standard ways by which society meets its basic needs

Social Integration

the degree to which members of a group or a society are united by shared values and other social bonds; also known as social cohesion

Body Language

The ways in which people use their bodies to give messages to others

Impression Management

Peoples efforts of control the impressions that others receive of them

Sign Vehicle

The term used by Goffman to refer to how people use social setting, appearance, and manner to communicate information about the self

Thomas Theorem

William I. and Dorothy S. Thomas' classic formulation of the definition of the situation: "If people define situations as real, they are real in their consequences"


social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values

Studied Nonobservance

Not acknowledging something embarrassing that happens to someone else