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21 Cards in this Set

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The process by which people act and react in relation to others
Social interaction
A social position that a person holds
All the statuses a person holds at a given time
Status set
A social position a person receives at birth or takes on involuntarily later in life
Ascribed status
A social position a person takes on voluntarily that reflects a personal ability and effort
Achieved status
A status that has special importance for social identity, often shaping a person's entire life
Master status
Behavior expected of someone who holds a particular status
Conflict among the roles connected to two or more statuses
Role conflict
A number of roles attached to a single status
Role set
Tension among the roles connected to a single status
Role strain
Refers to social patterns that guide our behavior in everyday life. To which the building blocks are status and role
Social Structure
The process by which people creatively shape reality through social interaction
Social construction of reality
Claim that situations defined as real are real in their consequences
Thomas theorem (W.I. Thomas)
Harold Garfinkel's term for the study of the way people make sense of their everyday surroundings
Erving Goffman's term for the study of social interaction in terms of theatrical performance
Dramaturgical analysis
Erving Goffman's term for a person's efforts to create specific impressions in the minds of others
Presentation of self
Communication using body movements, gestures, and facial expressions rather than speech
Nonverbal communication
The surrounding area over which a person makes some claim to privacy
Personal space
The social construction of feelings
The social construction of gender
The social construction of humor
Reality play