Example: When an employee must fire fellow employees and says “I am just doing my job” or a server in a restaurant will remind customers that they are not only a server but also a student or artist.
Audio Pronunciation: (role dis·tanc·ing)
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- Plural: role distancings
- The terms role distancing and social role distancing are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Role distancing decreases role strain.
- A type of impression management.
- Variant form: role-distancing
- Role distancing used in a sentence: I practiced role distancing while I was working a dead end job.
- “People use distancing techniques when they do not want others to take them as the ‘self’ implied in a particular role, especially if they think the role is ‘beneath them'” (Kendall 2006:119).
- Role Theory Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “role” and “distance” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- role conflict
- role exit
- role expectation
- role performance
- role reversal
- role segregation
- role set
- role strain
- role taking
- role theory
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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/).
How to Cite the Definition of Role Distancing
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role distancing.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-distancing/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
role distancing. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/role-distancing/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role distancing.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-distancing/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“role distancing.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-distancing/>.