What is role?


A role (from the French rôle, and sometimes so spelt in English) or social role is a set of connected behaviours, rights and obligations as conceptualised by actors in a social situation. It is an expected or free or continuously changing behaviour and may have a given individual social status or social position. It is vital to both functionalist and interactionist understandings of society. Social role posits the following about social behaviour:

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More definitions of "role":

  • (noun): Normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting.
    Example: "What is your role on the team?"
  • (noun): The actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group.
    Example: "Play its role"
    Synonyms: function, office, part

Famous quotes containing the word role:

    Is not our role to stand for the one thing which means our own salvation here but with which it will also be possible to save the world, and with which Europe will be able to save itself, namely the preservation of the white man and his state?
    Hendrik Verwoerd (1901–1966)

    Such is the role of poetry. It unveils, in the strict sense of the word. It lays bare, under a light which shakes off torpor, the surprising things which surround us and which our senses record mechanically.
    Jean Cocteau (1889–1963)

    Scholars who become politicians are usually assigned the comic role of having to be the good conscience of state policy.
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)