Social status

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In sociology or anthropology, social status is the honor or rank of one's position in society. People earn social status by their own work. This is call achieved status. Or, people can have a place in a social system by birth. This inherited position is called ascribed status.

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Michael Marmot (2004), The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity, Times Books
  • Botton, Alain De (2004), Status Anxiety, Hamish Hamilton
  • Social status. (2007). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved October 17, 2007, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online:
  • Stark, Rodney (2007). Sociology (10th Edition ed.). Thomson Wadsworth. ISBN 0-495-09344-0.CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  • Gould, Roger (2002). The Origin of Status Hierarchy. American Journal of Sociology, 107, Retrieved Oct. 26, 2007, from
  • Mcpherson, M., Smith-Lovin, L., & Cook, J. M. BIRDS OF A FEATHER. American Journal of Sociology, 27, Retrieved Sept 27, 2007, from
  • Bolender, Ronald Keith (2006). "Max Weber 1864-1920". Retrieved November 1, 2007, from,%20Max/weber,_max.htm.
  • Bourdieu, Pierre. Distinction: a Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste, translated by Richard Nice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984.

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