- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea


Core definition

Socially prescribed patterns of behaviour associated with an individual's societal position(s).

Longer explanation

Yes, you have a personality that makes you unique. But in our socially constructed world, you're still expected to play any number of roles where behaviours are shaped by normative expectations (see ...

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