Material Type:
Community College / Lower Division
Ohio Open Ed Collaborative
Oss0212, Roles, Sociology, Statuses
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Education Standards

Differentiate statuses and roles


OER Text Material

Social Structure: The Building Blocks of Social Life

Social Interaction in Everyday Life

Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, 5.1.1, 5.3.2. These sections define status roles and provide examples of ascribed status, achieved status, master status, role conflict and role strain.

Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)

Social Interaction & Performance: Crash Course Sociology (Video)

This provides a good discussion of how our interactions are structured through our definition and understanding of our statuses and roles. Video Summary: “How do sociologists study and understand social interaction? Today we’ll explain the language sociologists use to discuss how we interact with the social world. What are statuses and roles? How are they different? How do you acquire them? We’ll talk about why these things matter by exploring the socially constructed nature of reality.”

Role Strain and Role Conflict: Individuals and Society (Video)

This short video from Khan Academy explains and provides examples to help distinguish role strain and role conflict.

“Master Status” by Janis Prince Inniss

Everyday Sociology Blog, October 10, 2011. This short blog entry discusses the difference and relationship between status (ascribed and achieved), roles and master status while also addressing role conflict.