| John Spacey, February 28, 2016 updated on August 28, 2018
Social status is the social standing of a person as compared to others in a group or situation. This is often described as a ranking that people form in their mind regarding the social position of themselves and others. The following are basic types of social status.
Ascribed status are things that you are born with or that change involuntarily. Common examples include age, race, nationality, physical abilities, physical characteristics, appearance and gender. For example, an individual may be proud of their national identity, height, youth or good looks.Formal authority to control resources, processes, organizations, teams and rules. For example, the Prime Minister of a nation has a great deal of authority.
The ability to influence and motivate people beyond your formal authority. For example, a technologist who is widely respected and followed by technology professionals.
PositionA formal position in society such as a monarch or a prestigious job title at well known firm.
WealthWealth and displays of wealth such as wearing expensive fashion brands or living in an posh area.
FamePeople who are often discussed by others. For example, a celebrity who is often covered in the media.
PopularityStatus that an individual gains from knowing people. For example, an individual with many friends or someone who knows high status individuals such as celebrities.
MembershipMembership in a social group such as a subculture. Groups may form unique systems of social status that differ from those of society. For example, a subculture that respects people who consume resources responsibly.
AccomplishmentsAccomplishments such as education level or a high level of achievement in a profession or hobby.
IntelligenceIndividuals who are perceived as intelligent may earn social status.
Social SkillsIndividuals who are good with people tend to be perceived as higher in status. For example, an individual who is funny and outgoing may be perceived as popular.Self-confidence and a personal presence that people perceive as fashionable, stylish or authentic.
A reputation for doing good things for people and/or the environment.
HonorsHonors such as awards and recognition.
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