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  In sociological terms, a role is a collection of socially defined attributes and expectations associated with social positions. The term role refers to the fact that when a person occupies a social position such as parent or teacher his or her behaviour is determined more by the expectations of that position than by his or her own individual behaviour. DA

See also action perspective; bureaucracy; culture; dramaturgical model; functionalism; generalized other; internalization; norms; occupation; profession; social integration; socialization; social order; status; structure; structure-agency debate; symbolic interactionism; typifications; values.Further reading B.J. Biddle and , E.J. Thomas (eds.), Role Theory: Concepts and Research; , J.A. Jackson (ed.), Role.



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