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Reaction Paper Chapter 6 Chapter 6 revolves around the social interaction in our everyday life.

The first topic is status. A social position that a person holds is called status. It is our identity and it defines our relationship with others. Then ascribed and achieved statuses are defined. The interesting one is Master status as it matters the most. It may be on the basis of education, illness, disability or family. Well in Pakistan the master status on the basis of family is the most honored one. For example if your sir name is Bhutto, Sharif or Chaudhary, you can have privilege and prestige in the society. Then comes the role and role set, further elaborated with role conflict and role strain. I think now-adays, minimizing the role conflict is one of the most difficult task to do since we do not find enough time to deal with every role in different status we assume. The social construction of reality describes the process by which people with the help of their social interaction form reality. Social reality is not concrete. It deals with an interpretation. For example the assassination of Salman Taseer is a condemnable act for a liberal Pakistani but a fundamental extremist sees this act as a religious obligation. Thomas Theorem adds that situations that are defined real are real in their consequences. Moreover reality building depends on class and surrounding culture of a person. For example tattoos on body are not widely accepted in Pakistan but in United States it is quite a normal thing and even encouraged. Goffmans Dramaturgical Analysis explains how people live their lives as actors! Whereas Presentation of Self describes a persons effort to create impressions in others mind. For example a lawyer usually wears black coat with white shirt and black tie to let others know in a glance that the person is a lawyer. Another important topic discussed is gender and performances. Womens behavior is largely discussed in this topic. An interesting behavior based on mens perception is explained here that men consider it normal if they touch a woman. But if a woman touches a man, he would likely to take it as a sign of sexual interest. I agree here with the author because men usually claim social dominance and define women as sexual objects. The last topic is three applications of interaction in everyday life; emotions, language and humor. I think emotions are also largely triggered by culture. How people display emotions or what values people attach to emotions is mostly based on culture. Secondly the language, about which author claims that language defines men and women differently. He gave examples of the words host and hostess that the word host has a higher standing as compared to hostess. I dont agree with author here. For me the word host does not show any kind of dominancy on hostess. The third application involves humor. Here the author righty says that humor is an element of culture. People find different situations funny through out the world and they are likely to understand a joke when they understand the difference between the reality and the joke made. For example

Pakistani people understand jokes made on political figures of Pakistan in Hum Sab Umeed se Hain but an American would find it difficult to understand such satire.