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Titre du document / Document title

Diffuse status characteristics and the spread of status value : A formal theory = Caractéristiques diffus du statut et la diffusion de la valeur du statut

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

BERGER Joseph (1) ; HAMIT FISEK M. (2) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Stanford University, ETATS-UNIS
(2) Boğaziçi University, ETATS-UNIS

Résumé / Abstract

The authors present a formal theory of the social construction of diffuse status characteristics. The theory is formulated within the framework of earlier work on status construction by Ridgeway and others and uses the mathematical framework of the theory of status characteristics and expectation states. This theory describes how an initially nonvalued characteristic can acquire status value and generalized expectation states from its association with already established and valued status elements. The authors derive eight theorems from their theory that describe different conditions under which the initially nonvalued characteristic acquires such status value. They consider illustrative applications of the theory and some research that is relevant to the formulation. The authors then conclude with a discussion of the implications of their formulation for the general understanding of status organizing processes.

Revue / Journal Title

American journal of sociology    ISSN  0002-9602 

Source / Source

2006, vol. 111, no4, pp. 1038-1079 [42 page(s) (article)] (2 p.3/4)

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL, ETATS-UNIS  (1895) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Social construction








Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Construction sociale








Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 22384, 35400015328231.0030

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 17646476

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