What is EXPECTATION-STATES THEORY?

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An explanation for status differentiation in groups that proposes members allocate status to those who are capable but also to those who are mistakenly given the status by confidence, potential, wealth, sex and ethnicity.

EXPECTATION-STATES THEORY: "The expectation status theory deals with how status is granted within a group."

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