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role structure (social role structure)

Definition of Role Structure

(noun) The set of roles in a social system.

Example of Role Structure

  • A classroom has a teacher and students with each performing particular roles or a restaurant has customers and employees.

Role Structure Pronunciation

Usage Notes

  • Plural: role 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 spelling: role-structure

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Cite the Definition of Role Structure

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “role structure.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 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 August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-structure/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“role structure.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-structure/>.