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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