role reversal

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role reversal

any situation in which people exchange roles so that one plays the role of the other, e.g. master and servant, adult and child, male and female roles. In any societies institutionalized provision exists (e.g. Roman saturnalia - periods of feasting and social laxity) for such reversals to occur, seen as having the function of releasing the social tensions created by the constraints of ROLE. In present-day British society, office parties have been suggested as haying a similar function. See also CARNIVAL.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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Overboard 12A, 112mins, opens Friday ROLE-reversal remake of the 1987 hit, with Eugenio Derbez in the Goldie Hawn part - a nasty millionaire who loses his memory after falling off a yacht.
After years of watching young girls simpering next to much older men, this role-reversal is long overdue.
Chapters include: the diagnostic role-playing test; genogram, spectogram, and role-reversal in assessment; the Dutch drama observation method; assessment through role-theory; and embodiment-projection-role.
In another role written with others in mind (this time Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor), Murphy teamed up with Dan Ackroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis for the much-loved role-reversal comedy.
After analyzing how postfeminist discourses emphasing "individual choice" justify GGW as a mode of female empowerment, Pitcher turns to a complementary textual analysis of GGW's role-reversal counterpart, Guys Gone Wild to show the ways in which this "mirror image" text ultimate reinforces the structure of exploitation in the original.
Together they re-enact famous movie scenes including the sexy potter's wheel moment from Ghost - and a role-reversal of An Officer and a Gentleman.
Promotion of the brand will use Australian role-reversal themes where power - in the shape of lower premiums - shifts to the sassy 'Sheilas' sparking insurance-envy in a range of 'Bruces' who are left wishing they were women.
Strongly recommended, especially for family picturebook collections, No Monsters Here is a delightful role-reversal picturebook story by Sharon Jennings that is very nicely illustrated by Ruth Ohi (who includes a father monster and his son!) so that young readers can become more comfortable when it's time for them to go to bed.
Butler's role-reversal emphasises that a week is a long time in racing after he admitted leaving Doncaster last Saturday "skint and soaked" following the success of four of the meeting's seven favourites.
"But this talk of a role-reversal - that we're soaking up pressure the way Rangers used to and are winning matches - is nonsense.
Planet of the Apes: If you've ever wanted to trade places with that zoo gorilla, see this update of the 1968 species role-reversal film.
A plea for attention to despicable conditions of female servitude in contempo Iran, "Daughters of the Sun" features a Falconetti-ish lead perf, daring role-reversal plotline and deliberate pace that should attract fest and specialty situations yet renders pic too specialized and bleak for all but the most committed distribs.