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.
Social group or organization
Describe the function of the social group.
Authority and hierarchy
Describe authority and hierarchical patterns within the group.
Describe social patterns you might find within the group, and explain their social significance.
Describe any conflicts within the group.
Role of language
Explain the role of language, and describe the components of nonverbal communication in the group.
Symbols meaningful to group
Describe and explain symbols that are meaningful to the group.
Norms, sanctions, and values
Describe the norms, sanctions, and values of the social group.
Status within group
Describe what status you hold in the group.
Social role within group
Describe the social roles you perform in the group.
Suggest which 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 ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill.