Why Status Matters for Inequality

  title={Why Status Matters for Inequality},
  author={Cecilia L. Ridgeway},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={1 - 16}
  • C. Ridgeway
  • Published 1 February 2014
  • Psychology
  • American Sociological Review
To understand the mechanisms behind social inequality, this address argues that we need to more thoroughly incorporate the effects of status—inequality based on differences in esteem and respect—alongside those based on resources and power. As a micro motive for behavior, status is as significant as money and power. At a macro level, status stabilizes resource and power inequality by transforming it into cultural status beliefs about group differences regarding who is “better” (esteemed and… 
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