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).
- Role Theory Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “role” and “set” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
- role conflict
- role distancing
- role expectation
- role performance
- role reversal
- role segregation
- role strain
- role taking
- role theory
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How to Cite the Definition of Role Set
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role set.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 23, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-set/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
role set. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/role-set/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role set.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 23, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-set/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“role set.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Jan. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-set/>.