Social Role Theory

Relating to Gender

What is the theory?

  • behavioral differences between a male and female is the result of cultural stereotypes about gender (how males and females are supposed to act) and the resulting social roles that are taught to young people.


  • set of rights, duties, expectations, norms and behavior a person has to face and fulfill.



Give an example...

  • A man is supposed to be masculine and tough whereas a woman has to be feminine and delicate.


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