What is the focus of status characteristics theory? What is status generalization? How does this theory explain the often lower status in group of members from traditionally discriminated against groups?
Status characteristics theory
A branch of expectation states theory that focuses on how status hierarchies in groups will form consistent with statuses that members possess in society at large. If you are a minority in society you’ll be a minority in the group.
What are self-fulfilling prophecies and stereotype threats?
Self-fulfilling prophecies- are when our stereotypes lead us to treat stereotyped members differently and this treatment elicits stereotype-confirming behavior from them.
How awareness of others’ sterotypes of us may create performance anxiety and lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy.
How can we change early status assignments? May change as
the group situation changes
How can we change early status assignments? They may come to
recognize the value of the member
Or How can we change early status assignments? they come to
recognize the skills and contributions.
How can we change early status assignments? Be aware of
reserving higher status roles for members of a gender and ethnic group more valued by society.
How can we change early status assignments? Give all members
the experiences and training needed
How can we change early status assignments? Model assigning status on
What is the effect of status differences on members and groups? What is political behavior? What do equity theory and relative deprivation theory say about status differences in groups? What recommendations are made in the chapter for preventing the negative effects of status contests and enhancing group effectiveness?
Status differences is
unhealthy for group functioning
Actions taken by group members to gain a power of status advantage over others.
says that people desire equity and decide whether what they receive is fair depending on how it compares to what others receive.
Relative deprivation theory
The perception that one’s group is unfairly given a low status relative to other groups.