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Encyclopedia > Status symbol
A million dollar home in Salinas, CA. Such homes, also referred to as McMansions are now rather common status symbols in the United States.

A status symbol is something, usually an expensive or rare object, that indicates a high social status for its owner. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 530 KB) Summary I shot the picture myself. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 530 KB) Summary I shot the picture myself. ... Salinas is the county seat of Monterey County, California. ... A McMansion under construction McMansion is a slang architectural term which first came into use in the United States during the 1980s as a pejorative description and an idiom. ... Social status is the honor or prestige attached to ones position in society (ones social position). ...

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Etymology

The expression "status symbol" was first recorded in 1955 [1] but gained wide currency through the 1959 best selling book The Status Seekers, in which the journalist Vance Packard described American social stratification and behavior. Vance Packard (May 22, 1914 - December 12, 1996) was an American journalist, social critic, and author. ...


Status symbols by region and time

What is considered a status symbol will differ between countries, based on the states of their economic and technological development, and common status symbols will change over time. For example, before the invention of the printing press, having a large collection of books would be considered a status symbol. After the advent of the printing press, having books was more common among the average citizen, and the possession of books was less of a status symbol. In the past, pearls and jade were major status symbols. Another common status symbol in the past which is still somewhat present today is heraldry, or one's family name. The printing press is a mechanical device for printing many copies of a text on rectangular sheets of paper. ... A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of paper, parchment, or other material, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. ... Freshadama grade cultured freshwater pearls. ... A selection of antique, hand-crafted Chinese jade (jadeite) buttons Unworked Jade Jade is used as an ornamental stone, the term jade is applied to two different rocks that are made up of different silicate minerals. ... Heraldry in its most general sense encompasses all matters relating to the duties and responsibilities of officers of arms. ...


Status symbols also indicate the cultural values of a society. For example, in a commercial society, having money or wealth and things that can be bought by wealth, such as cars, houses, or fine clothing, are considered status symbols. In a society that values honour or bravery, a battle scar would be more of a status symbol. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The condition of one's body can be a status symbol. In times past, when workers did physical labour outdoors under the sun and often had little food, being pale and fat was a status symbol, indicating wealth and prosperity, through having enough food and not having to do manual labour. Now, when workers usually do less-physical work indoors and find little time for exercise, being tanned and thin is often a status symbol.


Examples in Western society

A Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan is an example of a status symbol in the United States, as luxury vehicles are perhaps the most common status symbol found in western culture.
A Mercedes-Benz luxury sedan is an example of a status symbol in the United States, as luxury vehicles are perhaps the most common status symbol found in western culture.

In a Western society, possessions perceived as status symbols include: Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 450 pixel Image in higher resolution (1584 × 891 pixel, file size: 266 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Mercedes-Benz S... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 450 pixel Image in higher resolution (1584 × 891 pixel, file size: 266 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Mercedes-Benz S... This page is about the Mercedes-Benz brand of automobiles and trucks from the DaimlerChrysler automobile manufacturer. ... A 2002 Lincoln Town Car, an example of a flagship luxury sedan A luxury vehicle is a vehicle which provides a great abundance of ease and comfort. ... A 2002 Lincoln Town Car, an example of a flagship luxury sedan A luxury vehicle is a vehicle which provides a great abundance of ease and comfort. ... Leonardo da Vincis Vitruvian Man, for many a symbol of the changes of the Western culture during the Renaissance Western culture or Western civilization is a term used to generally refer to most of the cultures of European origin and most of their descendants. ... Leonardo da Vincis Vitruvian Man, for many a symbol of the changes of the Western culture during the Renaissance Western culture or Western civilization is a term used to generally refer to most of the cultures of European origin and most of their descendants. ...

Trophy wife is a highly pejorative term, usually applied to a physically attractive younger woman married to a man who has obtained a high level of success, be it physical, financial, or otherwise. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A luxury car is a relatively expensive car. ... This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... Look up aircraft in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the record label, see Ivy League Records. ... Jewelry (the American spelling; spelled jewellery in Commonwealth English) consists of ornamental devices worn by persons, typically made with gems and precious metals. ... Consumer electronics is a term used to describe the category of electronic equipment intended for everyday use by people, the consumers. ... Home cinema, also called Home theater, seeks to reproduce cinema quality video and audio in the home. ... Binomial name Diospyros ebenum Koenig ex Retz. ... An example of Mahogany The name mahogany is used when referring to numerous varieties of dark-colored wood, originally the wood of the species Swietenia mahagoni, sometimes referred to as Spanish or Cuban Mahogany. ... A gold nugget A precious metal is a rare metallic chemical element of high economic value. ... A common vineyard. ...

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