category (social category)

(noun) A group of people, places, and things that have commonalities.

Example: University graduates or men and women.

Audio Pronunciation: (cat·e·go·ry)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: categories
  • The terms category and social category are used interchangeably in a sociological context.
  • Researchers (verb) categorize (adjective) categorical or (adjective) categoric data.

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Contributor: C. E. Seaman


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How to Cite the Definition of Category

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Seaman, C. E. 2015. “category.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Retrieved December 18, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/category/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

Seaman, C. E. (2015). category. In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/category/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Seaman, C. E. 2015. “category.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary, edited by Kenton Bell. Accessed December 18, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/category/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

Seaman, C. E. “category.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 18 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/category/>.