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coercive organization

Definition of Coercive Organization

(noun) A formal organization that members are typically forced to join with complex rules, norms, and sanctions.

Examples of Coercive Organization

Coercive Organization Pronunciation

  • Syllabification: (co·er·cive or·gan·i·za·tion)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: coercive organizations
  • Coercive organizations attempt to resocialize deviant behavior.
  • Variant spelling: coercive organisation

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Cite the Definition of Coercive Organization

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “coercive organization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/coercive-organization/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

coercive organization. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/coercive-organization/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “coercive organization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/coercive-organization/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“coercive organization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/coercive-organization/>.