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roleless role (social roleless role)

Definition of Roleless Role

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

Example of Roleless Role

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

Roleless Role Pronunciation

Usage Notes

  • Plural: roleless roles
  • The terms “roleless role” and “social roleless role” are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Ageism can lead to a roleless role.
  • Variant spelling: roleless-role

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Cite the Definition of Roleless Role

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

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

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

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