role model (social role model)

(noun) Someone that an individual patterns their behavior on for a particular role.

Example: A parent or folk hero.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: role models
  • The terms role model and social role model are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • A role model does not have to be personally known, it can be celebrity, historical figure, politician, etc.
  • A type of significant other.
  • Variant form:
    • role-model
    • rolemodel

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Works Consulted

Abercrombie, Nicholas, Stephen Hill, and Bryan Turner. 2006. The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology. 5th ed. London: Penguin.

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. 5th ed. 2011. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Bruce, Steve, and Steven Yearley. 2006. The SAGE Dictionary of Sociology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

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

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How to Cite the Definition of Role Model

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “role model.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-model/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

role model. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/role-model/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “role model.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-model/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“role model.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 14 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-model/>.