What Is Social Location in Sociology?

By Staff WriterLast Updated May 27, 2020 7:26:05 PM ET
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Social location determines where an individual stands in their community. Social location helps establish a person’s identity. It also helps us reveal our identity to others. We can discuss how our identities differ when we understand social location. We can also use this understanding to make better decisions on a social level.


Identity is about more than the decisions a person makes. Identity is more complex. Identity takes into account ideas that are mental, physical, political, historical, and cultural. This is social location.