Concept of Social Role

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Introduction of Social Role

Definitions of Social Role

Definition

Ralph Linton: “A role represents the dynamic aspect of the position.”

Ely Chinoy: “Role is the pattern of behaviour expected or required of persons who occupy a particular status.”

Oxford Dictionary: “The function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation.”

Notes

Introduction of Social Role:

The functional aspect of status is known as ‘role’. It is also a behavioural aspect of duties which are associated with a status. When a person behaves in accordance with one’s position in society, it is termed as ‘role’. Hence, status and role are complementary to each other. Status and role are two sides of the same coin.

Definitions of Social Role:

Ralph Linton: “A role represents the dynamic aspect of the position.”

Ely Chinoy: “Role is the pattern of behaviour expected or required of persons who occupy a particular status.”

Oxford Dictionary: “The function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation.”

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