(noun) The set of roles in a social system.
Example: A classroom has a teacher and students with each performing particular roles or a restaurant has customers and employees.
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- Plural: roles structures
- The terms role structure and social role structure are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Role structure changes in complexity and content in different situations, the constant is role expectation.
- Variant form: role-structure
- Role structure used in a sentence: The role structure in education at my university is clear.
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- Word origin of “role” and “structure” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- role exit
- role expectation
- role performance
- role reversal
- role segregation
- role set
- role strain
- role taking
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How to Cite the Definition of Role Structure
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “role structure.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-structure/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
role structure. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/role-structure/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “role structure.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-structure/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“role structure.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 22 Mar. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-structure/>.