role reversal

(noun) A situation in which people exchange roles to perform the role of a role partner or “the other.”

Example: An elderly parent is taken care of by their child or a student starts to teach classes.

Audio Pronunciation: (role re·ver·sal)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: role reversals
  • The terms role reversal and social role reversal are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Variant form: role-reversal
  • Role reversal used in a sentence: I enjoyed the role reversal when my teacher let me teach class for a day.

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How to Cite the Definition of Role Reversal

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

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

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

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

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

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