The concept of role is a central one in social psychology. The role of a person in a given position can be defined as the set of expectations other people have of the behaviours and attributes appropriate to that position; and the set of prohibited behaviours and attributes seen as totally inappropriate to that position. Each person will occupy many roles in the course of a day — for example, as a wife, mother, physiotherapist, student nurse, doctor etc. Role is the dynamic aspect of position.


Audience Group Role Conflict Role Theory Role Expectation Sick Role 
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Further Reading

  1. Goffman, E. (1959). The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (New York: Doubleday Anchor)Google Scholar
  2. Kahn, R.L. et al. (1964). Organizational Stress: Studies in Role Conflict and Ambiguity (New York: Wiley)Google Scholar
  3. Duck, S. (1986). Human Relationships (London: Sage)Google Scholar

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