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role taking (social role taking)

Definition of Role Taking

(noun) The process of assuming the role of another individual to understand their point of view.

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Role Taking Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: role tak·ing

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /roʊl ˈteɪkɪŋ/
  • British English – /rəʊl ˈteɪkɪŋ/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: role takings
  • The terms “role taking” and “social role taking” are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Variant spelling: role-taking

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Cite the Definition of Role Taking

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role taking.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-taking/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

role taking. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/role-taking/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “role taking.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-taking/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“role taking.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 17 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-taking/>.