social determinism

(noun) A theory stating all social phenomena is determined by social factors such as social systems.

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  • Biological determinism is the opposite of social determinism, but both theories imply a lack of individual control.
  • Not to be confused with social reductionism.
  • A type of determinism.
  • A (noun) social determinist views society (adverb) social deterministically from a (adjective) social deterministic perspective.

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