Example: An elderly parent is taken care of by their child or a student starts to teach classes.
Audio Pronunciation: (role re·ver·sal)
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- Plural: role reversals
- The terms role reversal and social role reversal are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Variant form: role-reversal
- Role reversal used in a sentence: I enjoyed the role reversal when my teacher let me teach class for a day.
- Basow, Susan A. 1992. Gender: Stereotypes and Roles. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company.
- Biddle, Bruce J. 1979. Role Theory: Expectations, Identities, and Behaviors. New York: Academic Press.
- Burke, Peter J., and Donald C. Reitzes. 1981. “The Link Between Identity and Role Performance.” Social Psychology Quarterly 44(2):83–92.
- 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.
- Merton, Robert King. 1968. Social Theory and Social Structure. New York: Free Press.
- role conflict
- role distancing
- role expectation
- role performance
- role segregation
- role set
- role strain
- role taking
- role theory