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.
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It's a role reversal of when Dundalk were trying to manage things and just stay in touch after losing Patrick McEleney and Robbie Benson.
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In something of a role reversal, Mr Trump ratcheted down some of the pressure on Pyongyang, abandoning his fiery rhetoric and declaring he was in "no rush.
Adult children will find the situation can be stressful, because they are often caught in the tension of being a son or daughter while becoming a personal care aide or caregiver for their parents, and can struggle with role reversal.
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It is a subtle yet heartbreaking role reversal where we see the daughter now taking care of a father, who has nearly been reduced to a baby and needs to be spoon fed.
The timing of the pantomime at Christmas and the role reversal of the lead characters (the principal boy being played by a girl and the Dame by a man) may have also evolved from the Tudor Feast of Fools.
The end of the book has a humorous bit of role reversal which will have everyone chuckling.
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