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Chapter 4: Social Structure and Social Interaction

Chapter 4 Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the intricate relationship between social structure and social interactions.
  2. Understand the differences between mechanical and organic solidarity.
  3. Describe the basic structural features of foraging, horticultural, pastoral, agricultural, industrial and post-industrial societies, and outline the theories on social change.
  4. Define each type of social status: ascribed, achieved and master status.
  5. Define social roles and explain their relationship to social status and social interaction.
  6. Explain the role of rites of passage and be able to compare them across cultures.
  7. Understand each component of the social structure and relationships to one another, including groups, social institutions, subcultures, statuses and roles.


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