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role exit (social role exit)

Definition of Role Exit

(noun) When an individual stops engaging in a role previously central to their identity and the process of establishing a new identity.

Examples of Role Exit

  • When an individual retires from a job after a long career and must transition from the role of worker with deadlines and responsibilities to a leisurely life.
  • When an individual becomes a parent and has to change their lifestyle.

Role Exit Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /roʊl ˈɛɡzət/
      • /roʊl ˈɛksət/
    • British English
      • /rəʊl ˈɛksɪt/
      • /rəʊl ˈɛɡzɪt/
  • Syllabification: (role ex·it)

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Cite the Definition of Role Exit

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role exit.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 19, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-exit/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

role exit. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/role-exit/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role exit.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 19, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-exit/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“role exit.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-exit/>.