So let me ask you a question.
What is your status? What is your role?
What groups do you belong to interact with?
These are the few of the elements that
influence social interaction, right.
Lets walk through some of those components.
What are we talking about when we say status?
This is the term that I am sure
you’ve heard before, right.
So what are we implying?
Well, in the broad rumof sociology
we have society, right.
Society. We belong to a society, but within
that society what is your status?
So where do you fit in, in that societal ladder?
There is a lot of different things that will influence
that and there is a different states or of status.
So the first would be if you are equal.
And know this is not the picture of me when I was young.
Alright, so same of those that you are sitting
within the room. Let say in the classroom,
you are in the grade school and all the kids around you.
Essentially the social ladder you are all the same.
You are all, 8-9 year old, sitting in your grade 2 class,
going to school.
Say you have your group of friends, your circle of friends.
Generally speaking, you are all consider
yourselves peers. You have a roommate.
Unless your roommate is like Michael Jordan you pretty much
would consider yourself of all fairly equal.
Now, you would be consider inferior relatively speaking
if you are of a lower status in those around you.
Let say you are a student and you’re referring
yourself of to your teacher.
Your teacher in that scenario will have
a higher status than you.
Or you would have a lower status than your teacher.
Now, the flip side is if you are engaging with
somebody who has a higher status.
So let say the CEO of the company.
Or in this scenario this example that we have here,
we have a drill sergeant and one of the cadets.
He would be definitely of a higher status.
He is the one making doing the push-ups right.
So here three examples and three relative states
that you can be in terms of the status.
Now, let’s look the types of status.
Now, there is the amazing option
of being ascribed status.
This is when you are given assigned by society
regardless the persons own effort.
The example that we have here is Prince William.
Prince William didn’t sort to choose to be
next in line to the throne.
He was born into the family. So he was
ascribed that level of status.
Automatically he is royalty, right.
The second one would be achieved where you
for example working very hard
to study for your MCAT to right the exam.
And one day hopefully you will be
a world renowned doctor.
That will be you achieving
that level of status, okay.
Now, let’s take a look at what is your role?
And what are some different concepts within
the types of role that you can have.
Social roles are expectations for people
of a given social status.
If I say, you’re royalty, there is certain
expectations that come with that.
You have a certain social role.
You’re not expected to go to the pub every night
and get drunk and have a good time,
and mingle and try and pick up young men or women.
Instead you are expected to be a philanthropist,
a social ambassador for good will
and go doing all this things.
That is your society driven role.
Now, three concepts within social roles
includes first being, role conflict.
This is when society has ascribed the role
but there is some conflict there.
For example, when you been assign the role of
say male, which want to be a nurse.
So society sometimes has a little bit of conflict
with that. There is a little bit of role conflicts.
Its defined as conflict in society’s expectations
for multiple statuses held by the same individual.
Now, I know what a male should be.
And I have some societal expectations of what
a nurse typically looks like.
So if I was to ask you to draw a nurse
or choose a picture of a nurse
most of us would probably do the sort
of gender roles assume that its
woman and I am thinking here a white outfit
with a little nurses cap that’s a nurse.
Now, all of a sudden, if I show you a picture
and it’s a male nurse wearing a stethoscope
and he is there in his light blue scrubs,
all of a sudden, “ Oh yeah. I guess,
that’s right. It could be a male too.”
but so sometimes society has that conflicts
and well men aren’t supposed to be a nurses.
Or female shouldn’t be a hockey player.
And so the list can be on and on, right.
So now, we are ascribing a particular role.
And when you deviate from that we have role conflict.
Then there is role strains, or a single status
results in conflicting expectations.
What I have say here to gay.
So say your sexual orientation is that
you are gay or homosexual.
So is there a certain amount of gayness
that you need to express?
I don’t want to be too gay but
I don’t want to not be gay enough.
Again, so there is expectation in that’s
there in the society is laid out.
And so you feel is role strain. You, as an individual,
feel like well I need to sort of fit someone expectation.
But I don’t want to be either under the spectrum.
I don’t want to be not gay enough.
I don’t want to be too gay. And this
going to apply to anything right.
So I just highlighted this one because its I think
it’s somebody you can make a lot of sense out of.
Role exit is when you actually end up trying
to disengage or move from one or to another.
And the example that have here is when you,
our high school student
and you are transitioning to say Ecology University.
Or you’re in the work place or the work force
and you have now enter the world of retirement.
So this is you exciting a role that you have
perhaps for a long period of time.
And society has certain roles and
boundaries and expectations.
And you are now moving on something different.