Definition of Role Taking
(noun) The process of assuming the role of another individual to understand their point of view.
Examples of Role Taking
- Employing the sociological imagination.
- “To walk a mile in someone’s shoes”
Role Taking Pronunciation
Syllabification: role tak·ing
- American English – /rOHl tAY-king/
- British English – /rOHl tAY-king/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /roʊl ˈteɪkɪŋ/
- British English – /rəʊl ˈteɪkɪŋ/
- Plural: role takings
- The terms “role taking” and “social role taking” are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
- Variant spelling: role-taking
- Role Theory Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “role” and “take” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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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 June 5, 2023 (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 June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-taking/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“role taking.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/role-taking/>.