role theory (social role theory)

(noun) Any sociological approach that emphasizes the importance of roles and role taking in creating and maintaining society.

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  • Plural: role theories
  • The terms role theory and social role theory are used interchangeably in a sociological context.

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How to Cite the Definition of Role Theory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “role theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/role-theory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

role theory. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/role-theory/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “role theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/role-theory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

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