role structure (social role structure)

(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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Usage Notes:

  • 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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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 December 14, 2018 (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 December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-structure/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

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