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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- 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.
- “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).
- Basow, Susan A. 1992. Gender: Stereotypes and Roles. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company.
- Biddle, Bruce J. 1979. Role Theory: Expectations, Identities, and Behaviors. New York: Academic Press.
- Burke, Peter J., and Donald C. Reitzes. 1981. “The Link Between Identity and Role Performance.” Social Psychology Quarterly 44(2):83–92.
- Goffman, Erving. 1961. Encounters: Two Studies in the Sociology of Interaction. Indianapolis, Indiana: Bobbs-Merrill.
- Linton, Ralph. 1936. The Study of Man: An Introduction. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.
- Mead, George Herbert, and Charles W. Morris. 1934. Mind, Self & Society from the Standpoint of a Social Behaviorist. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
- Merton, Robert King. 1968. Social Theory and Social Structure. New York: Free Press.
- role conflict
- role distancing
- role expectation
- role performance
- role reversal
- role segregation
- role strain
- role taking
- role theory
Hughes, Michael, and Carolyn J. Kroehler. 2008. Sociology: The Core. 8th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill.