Running head: STATUS CHANGES
Groups are formulated to perform certain functions to the members and/or the communities
in which they operate. In such groups, members usually do not occupy the same level of status in
relation to each other (Group membership, n. d). In groups, for example, there are leaders (such as
chairpersons and secretaries) who have different power levels among them as well as in relation
to the members who are not group officials. In groups, however, it is also not uncommon to find a
situation where certain members perform unofficial roles to the other members. Such members
performing unofficial roles usually have more powers and are often perceived to be of higher social
status (Group membership, n. d).
For example, there is a group comprising of women, formed for the purpose of providing
social and economic support to low-class women in a poor neighborhood. In this group one
particular member (who was not an elected leader) began playing unofficial roles to other women
within the group and gained status for it. This member started seeking views and concerns of fellow
members and articulating...