Schaefer (2011) defines
a group as “any number of people with similar norms, values, and expectations
who interact with one another on a regular basis” (p. 111). Complete the Social
Group Matrix by identifying and describing the relationship between yourself
and the members of any social group you are a part of.
Identify the group.
group or organization
Describe the function of the social group.
Describe authority and hierarchical patterns
within the group.
Describe social patterns you might find within the
group, and explain their social significance.
conflicts within the group.
Explain the role
of language, and describe the components of nonverbal communication in the
meaningful to group
explain symbols that are meaningful to the group.
sanctions, and values
norms, sanctions, and values of the social group.
Describe what status you hold in the group.
role within group
Describe the social roles you perform in the group.
major sociological, theoretical perspective would be most appropriate for
future study of your social group. Why?
Schaefer, R. T. (2011). Sociology: A brief introduction (9th