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Observation Essay

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A social group is two or more people who interact with each other on a regular basis in routine ways. The people in a social group share a common sense of membership, and identity. A society is not a social group. In a society there are social groups. Within society, not every member interacts with all other members on a regular basis. Social groups differ from an aggregate. An aggregate is not a group, it is a collection of individuals who share the same physical space for a short period of time. Unlike the two social groups(primary, and secondary) ; the collection of people in an aggregate do not see themselves as belonging together, and they don’t interact with one another on a regular ...view middle of the document...

However, there can be primary groups within secondary groups.
Some experience i have had in primary groups would be my first group i was introduced to, my family. My family consists of 5 members; my mom and dad, brother and sister, and last but not least, me. My family is a primary group because we exchange love, and concern for each other. We care tremendously about each other. My family and I are very close, and they know basically everything about me. If there is one source other than myself you want to go to for finding things out about me, it would be them. They have influenced me, and continue to influence me in so many ways. If it wasn’t for my family I would be a completely different person. They made me who I am today. They constructed my morals, and the way i view the world. The choices I make are mostly due to the direction my family has lead me to.
Statuses are positions that individuals occupy in a social group or society. They have different rankings. Statuses build a social structure for all groups. There is two types of statuses-ascribed, and achieved. Ascribed statuses are given to you at birth, and are not chosen. Achieved statuses are taken on voluntarily, and are chosen. The behaviors associated with statuses are known as roles. There are certain responsibilities and obligations that come with each position. My family members and I have many ascribed and achieved statuses, and roles that follow. My siblings and I were born into a middle class family that has an average income, which is an ascribed status. It is an ascribed status because I was born into it involuntarily and had no control of it. Some roles that come along with the middle class lifestyle would be living in a decent home, and always having food to eat. Everyone in my family knows to always clean up after themselves. My mother and father chose to be parents, therefore that is...

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