Status refers to social rank defined in terms of prestige or esteem. Status is one of the most important variables governing the lives of social animals, human beings included. Although status is not the same thing as power, the two are closely related. Status tends to stem from power, and vice versa, because status elicits respect and deference. This simple case illustrates that status is of interest as both a dependent variable (an outcome of social-psychological processes) and an independent variable (a cause ...

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