A role is the expected behavior associated with a particular status position - what the individual or group occupying a particular status position is supposed to do. For example, leaders of groups are supposed to be more committed to the group's norms that followers; secretaries are not supposed to eat in the executive's dining room; and students are supposed to attend lectures and prepare for examinations. Role also refers to "(1) units of conduct which by their recurrence stand out as regularities and (2) which are oriented to the conduct of other actors. These recurrent interactions form patterns of mutually oriented conduct." - Hans Gerth and C. Wright Mills, Character and Social Structure: The Psychology of Social Institutions (New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc., 1953), p. 10.

 










   

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