Explain why "social location" might be an important concept in sociology.
In sociology, the concept of social location refers to how groups in a society experience the interactive effects of intersecting social hierarchies. In other words, it is the sum effect of factors including race, gender, sex, socio-economic class, level of ability, sexuality, age, and geographic location on an individual's experiences, life chances, and worldview. Social location is important in the study of sociology because membership in different social groups often includes a set of societal roles and expectations relative to other groups, and can confer certain levels of privilege and power in society. Understanding the concept of social location lends to an understanding of how individual group membership or identity affects life experiences on a societal and interactive level. Social location explains the systematic, societal effects of a group's location in social hierarchies on those groups.