Variable: Status

Status is access to honor and prestige (Lenski, 1984; Goode, 1978). It is the relative position of an individual or group in an informal hierarchy of social worth. Cultures vary as to whom is granted high status. For example, teachers are given high status in China, modest status in the U.S. Status is distributed unequally, even within small communities, and high-status individuals, ministers for example, may not necessarily have access to wealth or power. Status can be measured through public polling techniques that capture public opinion, and is important to understanding a human ecosystem in that high status persons often are able to influence the behaviour of others within the system.

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