In sociological terminology, status is a position that an individual person occupies within a group. It is a pretty generic and widely applicable term but is an important theoretical building block for more specific and sophisticated terms. It is more valuable in the generic sense as a marker for inclusion in a group than of some kind of prestige.

The typical examples:

Status within medicine: doctor, nurse, specialist, etc.

Sta"tus (?), n. [L.]

State; condition; position of affairs.

 

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