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status symbol

any commodity or service which is acquired as much or more for the favourable social evaluations it brings from others, and in terms of its enhancement of the acquirer's own self-perceptions. An early journalistic account of status symbols was provided by Packard (1959). A more sociologically sophisticated analysis, although he does not specifically use the term 'status symbol’, is BOURDIEU's Distinction (1979). For Bourdieu, matters of taste above all involve status claims. Thus the educated may go to the theatre rather than watch TV. One problem with the concept of status symbol, is that analysis of cultural products in terms of their status loadings tends to ignore other dimensions of preference. See also ADVERTISING, CONSUMER CULTURE, POSTMODERNITY AND POSTMODERNISM.
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Limited conditions apply in changing status symbols and are fully explained in Section 6 (a) of DA PAM 750-8.
In the 45-54 age bracket 71% of people indicate the home as the most important status symbol, and this figure remains high well into retirement.
He added that the tonic wine was considered a status symbol with gangs and if it was taken off the market, people "would drink something else".
The Supercenter is a status symbol that ``we have arrived as a community (and) we're going somewhere,'' Palmdale Chamber of Commerce executive director Isaac Barcelona said.
THE convertible, once an eye-catching status symbol for the well off, is becoming a common sight on UK roads as more affordable models make roof-down motoring accessible to the wider population.
Being able to afford to have time to themselves or with their families is the new 'must have' status symbol for today's rich.
DESPITE fears that young people are overstretching themselves to get on the property ladder, a nice home remains the most important status symbol for six out of 10 people.
PROPERTY is the most important status symbol for six out of 10 people, but owning your own island is the ultimate sign of success, according to a survey published today.
Young urban professionals, in particular, have come to view residential fiber connectivity as a status symbol.
Man's best friend shouldn't be thought of as a mere status symbol.
It is without doubt another status symbol which indicates not only wealth but that the owner has little or no concern for environmental damage and is happy to use fuel that belongs to future generations without restraint.
It's kind of a status symbol to have a super Wal-Mart.