Life in an Era of Status Abundance

Joel Best

in Everyone's a Winner

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267169
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948488 | DOI:
Life in an Era of Status Abundance

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The Great German Sociologist Max Weber contended that societies rank their members along economic, political, and social dimensions. Social scientists act as though class and power are more significant than status for the most part. Political rankings similarly involve differences in power — the degree to which you can compel others to do what you want them to do. Social rankings, the third dimension, concern status — how much prestige, esteem, respect, or honor one receives from others. Social scientists act as though class and power are more important than status. They write far, far more books and articles about class and power — and about race and gender, which also have come to be viewed as key bases for ranking people in society — than about status. Class, power, race, and gender are treated as serious matters, and each receives extensive coverage even in introductory sociology textbooks.

Keywords: societies; political rankings; sociology; social dimensions; power

Chapter.  8180 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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