Ascribed status or Achieved status ?
- Fs4bLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Achieved status is a sociological term denoting a social position that a person acquires on the basis of merit. It reflects personal skills, abilities, and efforts. Examples of achieved status are being an Olympic athlete, being a criminal, or being a college professor. Status is important sociologically because it comes with a set of rights, obligations, behaviors, and duties that people occupying a certain position are expected or encouraged to perform. These expectations are referred to as roles. For instance, the role of a "professor" includes teaching students, answering their questions, being impartial, and dressing appropriately.
- 1 decade ago
Ascribed status hold presidents over Achieved status. Ascribed status is the most ancient method of hiearchial division of class of people. It is a result of vertical stratification. This means that someone who is born into a poor minority will most likely never have as much money as someone who was born into a prominent raced extremely wealthy person. Achieved statues is fairly new and divides people not by their born characteristics, but by their favorably desired traits. It is mostly a product of horizontal stratification, meaning people may rise in rank of their social class, but stay within the same realm of people.