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expressive role

Definition of Expressive Role

(noun) A passive nurturer, providing emotional support in the private sphere, being responsible for the well-being of family members, and the socialization of children.

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Etymology of Expressive Role

Expressive Role Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ex·pres·sive role

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /ik-sprEs-iv rOHl/
  • British English – /ik-sprE-siv rOHl/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ɪkˈsprɛsɪv roʊl/
  • British English – /ɪksˈprɛsɪv rəʊl/

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Works Consulted

Ferris, Kerry, and Jill Stein. 2010. The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology. 2nd ed. New York: Norton.

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Ravelli, Bruce, and Michelle Webber. 2016. Exploring Sociology: A Canadian Perspective. 3rd ed. Toronto: Pearson.

Scott, John, and Gordon Marshall. 2005. A Dictionary of Sociology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Turner, Bryan S., ed. 2006. The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Expressive Role

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “expressive role.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 27, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/expressive-role/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

expressive role. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/expressive-role/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “expressive role.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 27, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/expressive-role/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“expressive role.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 27 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/expressive-role/>.