(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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- 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 January 21, 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 January 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/roleless-role/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“roleless role.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 21 Jan. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/roleless-role/>.