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Society keyterms

achieved status

those who attained by virtue of individual effort.

aquired status

You status given at birth.

collective conciousness

the body of beliefs that are common to a community or society and that give people a sense of belonging.

cyberspace interaction

An interaction when two or more people share a virtual reality experience.

division of labor

systematic interrational of different tasks that develops complex society.


this means people and mode of study deloberately disrupting social norms.

game theory

A mathematical theory that regards human interaction as a game.


german for community, a state characterized by a sense of common feeling.


societies with fewer personal ties, these have an eleaborate division of labor.


a collection of individuals who interact and communicate, share norms snd grades.


a process whereby a newborn attaches itself to the first seen object.


analysis of the whole of society, how it is organized and how it changes.

master status

characteristics of a personality that overrides the other traits.


analysis of the smallest most immediate visible parts of society.


analysis of whole society, how it is organized.

mechanical solidarity

unity based on similarity, not different roles.

post industrial society

society economically dependent on production and distribution of services.

proxemic communication

meaning conveyed by the amount of space between interacting individuals.


behavior others exspect from a person associated with a particular status.

role conflict

two or more roles are associated with contradictory exspectations.

role modeling

we imitate behavior of another person that we admire.

role set

includes all the roles occupied by the person at a given time.

role strain

a single role brings conflicting experience

social institution

an established and organized system of social behavior.

social interaction

a behavior between two or more people that is a given meaning by them.

social organization

this describes the order established in social groups at any level.


behavior studied by linguist, authors and sociologists.

Nonverbal communication is used how often?

This is used alot more than verbal communication is.

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