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Status Characteristics Theory: A Test of Diffuse Status Characteristic Strength

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This paper extends Status Characteristics Theory’s investigations on the development of power and prestige orderings in small groups. I propose an experimental examination of the degree of superiority at task that is needed to overcome the effects of three types of diffuse characteristics: gender, race and education level. The research will be done within the scope of Status Characteristics Theory which asserts that the status generalization process in small groups is a function of the status characteristics of its members and the performance expectations associated with them. Status Characteristics Theory has developed intervention strategies such as demonstrating superior ability at task to disrupt the development of observable power and prestige orders in small task-oriented groups. This research will address three basic questions regarding intervention strategies: Are diffuse statuses equal in their effect? What level of superiority at task is necessary to overcome performance expectations? And do the necessary levels of superiority at task vary over diffuse characteristics?

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Abstract: This paper extends Status Characteristics Theory’s investigations on the development of power and prestige orderings in small groups. I propose an experimental examination of the degree of superiority at task that is needed to overcome the effects of three types of diffuse characteristics: gender, race and education level. The research will be done within the scope of Status Characteristics Theory which asserts that the status generalization process in small groups is a function of the status characteristics of its members and the performance expectations associated with them. Status Characteristics Theory has developed intervention strategies such as demonstrating superior ability at task to disrupt the development of observable power and prestige orders in small task-oriented groups. This research will address three basic questions regarding intervention strategies: Are diffuse statuses equal in their effect? What level of superiority at task is necessary to overcome performance expectations? And do the necessary levels of superiority at task vary over diffuse characteristics?

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Draft: January 13 2009 STATUS CHARACTERISTICS THEORY: A TEST OF DIFFUSE STATUS CHARACTERISTIC STRENGTH * Blane DaSilva University of South Carolina Sumter Key Words: Status Characteristics Theory Intervention Strategies Experimental Methodology Word Count: 5 621 Submission: Organizer: Jeffrey Lucas and Alicia Cast Social Psychology and Sociology of Emotions Roundtables. * This draft was prepared for the 104th Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association. Direct correspondence to Blane DaSilva at the Department of Humanities Social Sciences and Education University
Sociological Review 51(1):47-61. Webster Murray Jr. and James Driskell. 1978. “Status Generalization: A Review and 22 Some New Data.” American Sociological Review 43:220-36. _____. 1983. “Beauty as Status.” American Journal of Sociology 89:140-65. Webster Murray Jr. and Martha Foschi. 1988. Status Generalization: New Theory and Research. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Webster Murray Jr. and Stuart J. Hysom. 1998. “Creating Status Characteristics.” American Sociological Review 63:351-378. Webster Murray Jr. and Joseph M. Whitmeyer. 1999. “A Theory of Second-Order Expectations and


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