(noun) The set of roles in a social system.
Example: A classroom has a teacher and students with each performing particular roles or a restaurant has customers and employees.
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- Plural: roles structures
- The terms role structure and social role structure are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Role structure changes in complexity and content in different situations, the constant is role expectation.
- Variant form: role-structure
- Role structure used in a sentence: The role structure in education at my university is clear.
- 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.
- 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.