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role performance (social role performance)

Definition of Role Performance

(noun) The actual behavior and expression of an individual occupying a role.

Example of Role Performance

  • A student is expected to come to class on time and be prepared for each lesson, but the student fails to attend regularly and is poorly prepared for each lesson.

Role Performance Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: role per·for·mance

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /roʊl pərˈfɔrməns/
  • British English – /rəʊl pəˈfɔːməns/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: role performances
  • The terms “role performance” and “social role performance” are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Role performance is contrasted to role expectation.
  • Variant spelling: role-performance

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Role Performance

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role performance.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 13, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-performance/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role performance.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 13, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-performance/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“role performance.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 13 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-performance/>.