Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.

Role Theory

Role theory


Role theory attempts to explain the way that people in particular social positions are expected to behave, or the way in which they develop particular patterns of behaviour when they occupy such positions. In relation to family, these include roles associated with kinship, generation and gender, such as those of grandfather, mother, daughter, aunt, cousin.


Role theory is often referred to as dramaturgical because it draws on the metaphor of the theatre. It attempts to provide a pivotal link between individual behaviours and economic and cultural patterns and structures, with flows in both directions. People's individual experiences of their position/s in family life are shaped by collective conventions; in turn, social expectations are shaped by people's actions in their family roles. Expectations in regard ...

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