Show simple item record Mark, NP Smith-Lovin, L Ridgeway, CL
dc.coverage.spatial United States 2011-06-21T17:29:38Z 2009-11
dc.identifier.citation AJS, 2009, 115 (3), pp. 832 - 862
dc.identifier.issn 0002-9602
dc.description.abstract Why do beliefs that attach different amounts of status to different categories of people become consensually held by the members of a society? We show that two microlevel mechanisms, in combination, imply a system-level tendency toward consensual status beliefs about a nominal characteristic. (1) Status belief diffusion: a person who has no status belief about a characteristic can acquire a status belief about that characteristic from interacting with one or more people who have that status belief. (2) Status belief loss: a person who has a status belief about a characteristic can lose that belief from interacting with one or more people who have the opposite status belief. These mechanisms imply that opposite status beliefs will tend to be lost at equal rates and will tend to be acquired at rates proportional to their prevalence. Therefore, if a status belief ever becomes more prevalent than its opposite, it will increase in prevalence until every person holds it.
dc.format.extent 832 - 862
dc.language eng
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartof AJS
dc.subject Culture
dc.subject Hierarchy, Social
dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Models, Theoretical
dc.subject Social Identification
dc.subject Social Perception
dc.subject Social Values
dc.subject Socioeconomic Factors
dc.title Why do nominal characteristics acquire status value? A minimal explanation for status construction.
dc.title.alternative en_US
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US 2009-11-0 en_US
duke.description.endpage 862 en_US
duke.description.issue 3 en_US
duke.description.startpage 832 en_US
duke.description.volume 115 en_US
dc.relation.journal American Journal of Sociology en_US
pubs.issue 3
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences/Psychology and Neuroscience
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences/Sociology
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 115

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