(noun) The condition of having no role in society’s division of labor, specifically old people or the disabled.
Example: Older people are told they are “overqualified” for a position.
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- Plural: roleless roles
- The terms roleless role and social roleless role are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Variant form: roleless-role
- Roleless role used in a sentence: I felt I had a roleless role because of my disability.
- 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.