Sociology 101 / Chapter 5
October 15, 2008
Professor Sanford Shevack
The structure of society has the people categorized into various social statuses and roles. A person’s social status allows them to act a certain way and have that act be accepted by society. The certain actions are also known as their roles.
Let’s take for example a comparison between an adult and a child. These two person’s status is that one is an adult and the other a child. This is a title/description given to us without option. Other examples include being male of female or what age we are.
Something that is a bit more interesting to me is the status role. The child’s role (behavior) is accepted and known as being impatient at times, innocent, requiring attention, and inappropriate at times. Speaking an alien language and having an imaginary friend goes without say as being part of a child’s role.
In an adult, those actions are not accepted and are inappropriate for their status. You and I both know if an adult walks passed you speaking and alien language or he/she throws themselves on the floor kicking and screaming we will assume they are not mentally stable. Through experience though we find many adults tend to forget their roles in life.
With that being said I can safely state that most adults and children have certain roles and/or behaviors that are accepted by society for them to act by. These roles would not be possible without our status set that we acquire without option.