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Social Interaction in Everyday life

social interaction

the process by which people act and react in relation to others


a social position that a person holds

status set

all the statuses a person holds at a given time

ascribed status

a social position a person receives at birth or takes on involuntarily later in life

achieved status

a social position a person takes on voluntarily that reflects personal ability and effort

role conflict

conflict among the roles connected to two or more statuses

role strain

tension among the roles connected to a single status

social construction of reality

the process by which people creatively shape reality through social interaction

Thomas theorem

W. I. Thomas's observation that situations defined as real are real in their consequences.


Harold Garfinkel's term for the study of the way people make sense of their everyday surroundings

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