Status inconsistency

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Status inconsistency occurs when an individual experiences a discrepancy between two or more of their status characteristics. Status inconsistency theory suggests that individuals may experience frustration and uncertainty when they have some status characteristics that are ranked relatively high and others that are ranked relatively low. Accordingly, status inconsistency has been linked to political activism, fairness perceptions, health complaints, and depression.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley‐Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
EditorsChris Rojek
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Social status
  • Status inconsistency

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