Social status

position within social structure

In sociology or anthropology, social status is the honor or rank of one's position in society. People earn social status by their own work. This is call achieved status. Or, people can have a place in a social system by birth. This inherited position is called ascribed status.

Further reading

  • Michael Marmot (2004), The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity, Times Books
  • Botton, Alain De (2004), Status Anxiety, Hamish Hamilton
  • Social status. (2007). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved October 17, 2007, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online:
  • Stark, Rodney (2007). Sociology (10th ed.). Thomson Wadsworth. ISBN 978-0-495-09344-2.
  • Gould, Roger (2002). The Origin of Status Hierarchy. American Journal of Sociology, 107, Retrieved Oct. 26, 2007, from[permanent dead link]
  • Mcpherson, M., Smith-Lovin, L., & Cook, J. M. BIRDS OF A FEATHER. American Journal of Sociology, 27, Retrieved Sept 27, 2007, from[permanent dead link].
  • Bolender, Ronald Keith (2006). "Max Weber 1864-1920". Retrieved November 1, 2007, from,%20Max/weber,_max.htm Archived 2016-04-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  • Bourdieu, Pierre. Distinction: a Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste, translated by Richard Nice. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1984.