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The Resource Status : why is it everywhere? why does it matter?, Cecilia L. Ridgeway

Status : why is it everywhere? why does it matter?, Cecilia L. Ridgeway

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Status : why is it everywhere? why does it matter?
Title
Status
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why is it everywhere? why does it matter?
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Cecilia L. Ridgeway
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Language
eng
Summary
"Status is ubiquitous in modern life, yet our understanding of its role as a basic driver of inequality is surprisingly limited. In Status, sociologist and social psychologist Cecilia Ridgeway examines how this ancient and universal form of inequality influences today's ostensibly meritocratic institutions and why it matters. Ridgeway illuminates the complex ways in which status arises when people work together towards common goals, such as in classroom discussions, family decisions, or workplace deliberations. Ridgeway's research on status has important implications for our understanding of social inequality. Distinct from power or wealth, status is prized because it provides affirmation from others and affords access to valuable resources. Ridgeway demonstrates how the conferral of status inevitably leads to differing life outcomes for individuals, with impacts on pay, wealth creation, and health and wellbeing. Status beliefs are widely held views about who is better in society than others in terms of esteem, wealth, or competence. These beliefs ultimately confer advantages which can exacerbate social inequality. Ridgeway notes that status advantages based on race, gender, and class, such as the belief that white men are more competent than others because of their race and gender, have the greatest consequences for inequality by affording greater social and economic opportunities. Ridgeway argues that status beliefs make lower status groups less likely to challenge the status quo and greatly enhance higher status groups' ability to maintain their advantages in resources and access to positions of power. She illustrates how many lower status people, when given a baseline level of dignity and respect - being seen, for example, as poor but hardworking - will accept their lower status. She also shows that people remain willfully blind to status beliefs and their effects because recognizing them can lead to emotional discomfort. Acknowledging the insidious role of status in our lives would require many higher-status individuals to accept that they may not have succeeded based on their own merit; and many lower-status individuals would have to acknowledge that they may have been discriminated against. While Ridgeway notes the profound impact of status on society, she suggests that social inequality is not an inevitable consequence of our status beliefs. She shows how status beliefs can be undermined - as when we reject the idea that all racial and gender traits are fixed at birth, thus disrupting the idea that women and people of color are less competent than their male and white counterparts. Ridgeway both notes the profound impact of status on social inequality and charts a way forward that may allow it to have a less detrimental impact on our lives"--
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Ridgeway, Cecilia L
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Social stratification
  • Social status
  • Equality
  • Power (Social sciences)
Label
Status : why is it everywhere? why does it matter?, Cecilia L. Ridgeway
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-198) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • What is status as a form of inequality?
  • Foundations for a cultural schema of status
  • Why do we care about status?
  • Status beliefs and the organization of inequality
  • Micro-dynamics of status
  • Status, difference, and the durability of inequality
Control code
on1104214150
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
204 pages
Isbn
9780871547842
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1104214150
Label
Status : why is it everywhere? why does it matter?, Cecilia L. Ridgeway
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-198) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • What is status as a form of inequality?
  • Foundations for a cultural schema of status
  • Why do we care about status?
  • Status beliefs and the organization of inequality
  • Micro-dynamics of status
  • Status, difference, and the durability of inequality
Control code
on1104214150
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
204 pages
Isbn
9780871547842
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1104214150

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