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44 Examples of Social Status

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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.
Wealth
Income
Property ownership
Ownership of status symbols such as sports cars
Debt
Occupation
Profession
Personal presence
Career
Job title
Formal authority
Workplace prestige
School prestige
Memberships
Social popularity
Physical appearance
Beauty
Style
Fashion
Relationships
Intelligence
Fitness level
Health status
Fame
Notoriety
Influence
Power
Leadership roles
Aristocratic titles
Ancestry
Cultural heritage
Nationality
Language
Neighborhood
Age
Family
Marital status
Talents
Knowing high status people
Downplaying yourself with confidence
Coolness
Rebelliousness
Buying high status brands
Academic achievements

Ascribed 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.

Authority

Formal authority to control resources, processes, organizations, teams and rules. For example, the Prime Minister of a nation has a great deal of authority.

Leadership

The ability to influence and motivate people beyond your formal authority. For example, a technologist who is widely respected and followed by technology professionals.

Position

A formal position in society such as a monarch or a prestigious job title at well known firm.

Wealth

Wealth and displays of wealth such as wearing expensive fashion brands or living in an posh area.

Fame

People who are often discussed by others. For example, a celebrity who is often covered in the media.

Popularity

Status that an individual gains from knowing people. For example, an individual with many friends or someone who knows high status individuals such as celebrities.

Membership

Membership 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.

Accomplishments

Accomplishments such as education level or a high level of achievement in a profession or hobby.

Intelligence

Individuals who are perceived as intelligent may earn social status.

Social Skills

Individuals 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.

Coolness

Self-confidence and a personal presence that people perceive as fashionable, stylish or authentic.

Altruism

A reputation for doing good things for people and/or the environment.

Honors

Honors such as awards and recognition.

Summary

The following are common types of social status.

Overview

Social status is about perceived respect from others. Respect is something that people tend to intensely want and need.
Overview: Social Status
Type
Definition (1)
The social standing of a person as compared to others in a group or situation.
Definition (2)
The respect that an individual enjoys in a social group or situation.
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Altruism
Ascribed Status
Authority
Brands
Coolness
Creative Class
Economic Opportunity
Elite
Elitism
Image
Intelligentsia
Leadership
Low Culture
Needs & Wants
Personal Brand
Personal Branding
Prejudice
Signaling
Social Acceptance
Social Class
Social Comparison
Social Exclusion
Social Hierarchy
Social Identity
Social Imagination
Social Norms
Social Position
Social Reality
Social Respect
Social Trust
Socioeconomic Factors
Socioeconomic Status
Status
Subculture
Upper Class
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References

Coie, John D., Kenneth A. Dodge, and Heide Coppotelli. "Dimensions and types of social status: A cross-age perspective." Developmental psychology 18.4 (1982): 557.
Rege, Mari. "Why do people care about social status?." Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization 66.2 (2008): 233-242.

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