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A role set
is a situation where a single status may have more than one role attached to it. This multiplicity of roles is what sociologists
termed it as such . Consider a student
for instance, involves one role as a pupil
, another as a user of university library
, and another as a member of a faculty
The term "role set" was coined by Robert K. Merton in 1957. He made a clear distinction between a "role set" and a "status set".
- ↑ Walter L. Wallace (1983). Principles of Scientific Sociology, Aldine Transaction.
- ↑ Robert K. Merton "On social structure and science" ISBN 0-226-52071-4, page 113