role set

(noun) The multiple roles attached to a particular status.

Example: A professor of sociology at a university is an employee of the school, a teacher, and a student of sociology.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: role sets
  • The terms role set and social role set are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Variant form: role-set
  • Role set used in a sentence: The role set as an employee at a coffee shop includes customer server and maintenance work.

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  • “A role does not exist in isolation. Instead, it is a bundle of activities that are meshed with the activities of other people. Indeed, the definition of one role depends upon the existence of another . . . Every role has at least one reciprocal role attached to it (Hughes and Kroehler 2008:60).

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Hughes, Michael, and Carolyn J. Kroehler. 2008. Sociology: The Core. 8th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill.