Example: A parent or folk hero.
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- Plural: role models
- The terms role model and social role model are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- A role model does not have to be personally known, it can be celebrity, historical figure, politician, etc.
- A type of significant other.
- Variant form:
- Biddle, Bruce J. 1979. Role Theory: Expectations, Identities, and Behaviors. New York: Academic Press.
- Goffman, Erving. 1961. Encounters: Two Studies in the Sociology of Interaction. Indianapolis, Indiana: Bobbs-Merrill.
- Linton, Ralph. 1936. The Study of Man: An Introduction. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.
- Mead, George Herbert, and Charles W. Morris. 1934. Mind, Self & Society from the Standpoint of a Social Behaviorist. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.