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Role Identity

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

In society, individuals occupy different social positions. These social positions may be as varied as student, parent, criminal, or hockey player. Tied to each social position are roles or expectations that guide people's attitudes and behavior. For example, the roles associated with student may include learning new material, attending and passing courses, and obtaining a degree. The role of parent may involve feeding, clothing, bathing, educating, and emotionally supporting a child. The meanings people attribute to themselves ...

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