(noun) A position containing a set of socially defined attributes and expectations that determine appropriate behavior for an individual or group based on their status in relation to other people or groups.
(noun) A situation caused by uncertain expectations and responsibilities in the performance of a particular role.
(noun) A situation in which contradictory, competing, or incompatible expectations are placed on an individual by two or more roles held at the same time.
(noun) When an individual intentionally promotes a lack of attachment and commitment to a role or does not fully engage in a role’s performance.
When an individual stops engaging in a role previously central to their identity and begins the process of establishing a new identity.
(noun) The way a role ought to be performed as determined by a group or society.
(noun) Someone that an individual patterns their behavior after for a particular role.
(noun) An individual whose role is defined in relation to another individual’s role.
(noun) The actual behavior and expression of an individual occupying a role.
(noun) A situation in which people switch roles to perform the role of a role partner.
(noun) The process of separating role partners from one another.
(noun) The multiple roles attached to a particular status.
(noun) A situation caused by higher-than-expected demands placed on an individual performing a specific role that leads to difficulty or stress.
(noun) The set of roles in a social system.
(noun) The process of assuming the role of another individual to understand their point of view.
(noun) Any sociological theory asserting the importance of roles and role taking in creating and maintaining society.
(noun) Moving from one role to another.
(noun) The condition of having no role in society’s division of labor, specifically older people or the disabled.
(noun) The strong emotional attachment between two or more people, typically used to describe people in a sexual relationship.
(noun) An individual leader in charge of a country or group who rules, commands, or governs; head of state; sovereign.