The process by which people act and react in relation to others
A social position that a person holds. Status sets refers to all the statuses a person holds at a give time, this changes over the life course. People's ascribed status influences the statuses they achieve.
A social position a person recieves at birth or takes on involuntarily later in life. Examples are being a daughter, a Cuban or a teenager. We have little or no choice about Ascribed Status
A social position a person takes on volunarily that reflectst personal ability and effort. Examples are being an honor student, a spouse or a thief.
A status that has special importance for social identity, often shaping a person's entire life.
Behavior expected of someone who holds a particular status. A person holds a status and performs a role. A role set is the number and nature of roles attached to a single status
Conflict among the roles corresponding to two or more statusses
Tension among the roles connected to a single status
The Thomas Theorem
Reality is "soft" as it's being shaped and becomes "hard" in its effects.
Who was the sociologist behind it?
What is it
People in their everyday behavior are much like actors performing on a stage. A status is like a part in a play, a role is a script. Each person's performance is the presentation of self- a person's efforts to create specific impressions in the minds of others.