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What functions do status, role, primary groups, and secondary groups play in social interactions between different racial and ethnic groups. List one example of each.

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1. What functions do status, role, primary groups, and secondary groups play in social interactions between different racial and ethnic groups. List one example of each.

In sociology, different types of groups and subgroups have different assigned status and roles, which impacts social interactions between different racial and ethnic groups. In fact, these four concepts can result in stereotypes and prejudices between different racial and ethnic groups, where one group thinks they have a higher status than the other group, for example. In other words, status is a way to describe the rank of a group or individual within a specific context. It refers to the hierarchy of prestige that determines, within the group and group interactions, which individuals are due respect, afforded honor or deference, and are given the opportunity to influence the opinion and actions of others. The "dominant" group might look down on the other group and sometimes treat them in a prejudiced way because of a lower assigned status. Historically, for example, this occurred when the ...

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Discusses the functions played by status, role, primary groups, and secondary groups in social interactions between different racial and ethnic groups. Lists one example of each. References provided.

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