roleless role (social roleless role)

(noun) The condition of having no role in society’s division of labor, specifically old people or the disabled.

Example: Older people are told they are “overqualified” for a position.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: roleless roles
  • The terms roleless role and social roleless role are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Variant form: roleless-role
  • Roleless role used in a sentence: I felt I had a roleless role because of my disability.

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How to Cite the Definition of Roleless Role

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

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

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

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

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

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