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10 terms

SOC ch 6

Social Interaction in Everyday life
STUDY
PLAY
social interaction
the process by which people act and react in relation to others
status
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.
ethnomethodology
Harold Garfinkel's term for the study of the way people make sense of their everyday surroundings