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Acknowledgment of the rank and social standing of an individual or a group of indi viduals within a community, workplace, or other orga nizational setting.

Status recognition is hierarchical and inequitable and depends on the human tendency to elevate some people to higher or lower planes of status based on a variety of social capital factors, including age, authority, class, employment, ownership, and power.

In Maoist China, for example, industrial workers were accorded high status recognition. In ancient societies, those who managed to live to an old age were accorded great respect and deference; the burgeoning population of senior citizens in contemporary times has lowered their status.

Writing the results of their five-culture study of the pursuit of status, Bernardo Huberman, Christoph Loch, and Ayse Onculer noted that ...

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