Role Distancing and Role Conflict

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Role Distancing and Role Conflict Unlike a stage play, however, we do not define roles. We negotiate social roles. 1. Role Distancing When an individual disagrees with the expectations associated with a particular role, the individual may try to de-emphasize the importance of that role. Irving Goffman (1961) calls this "role distancing." Role distancing is the act of separating oneself from the role. For example, the actor may only play the role in a tongue and cheek fashion. 2. Role Conflict Some roles that have to be played contradict other important roles (See Henslin, 1999:108). Here the individual does not know what is expected. We call this "role conflict." Example: The conflict experienced between having to be a mother and having to be a wage
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Unformatted text preview: earner simultaneously. Example: Teenagers often experience conflict between the role of child and that of adult. Expectations and Inequality: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Henslin (481:1999) contends that a self-fulfilling prophecy refers to a false assumption of what is going on that happens to come true simply because it was predicted. Example: A rumor spreads that a bank is in trouble and that depositors will not be able to get their money. As a result of the rumor, depositors rush to the bank to get their money. The initial rumor was false, but now it may be true that depositors can't get...
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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