role partner (social role partner)

(noun) An individual whose role is defined in relation to another individual’s role.

Example: The parent role is defined in relation to the child role and the teacher role is defined in relation to the student role.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: role partners
  • The terms role partner and social role partner are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Variant form: role-partner
  • Role partner used in a sentence: My role partner is my coworker.

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How to Cite the Definition of Role Partner

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

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

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

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

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

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