Definition of Commodification
(noun) The act or process of changing of something into a commodity that can be bought and sold.
Example of Commodification
- People: organ transplants, slavery
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /kəˌmɑdəfəˈkeɪʃən/
- British English – /kəˌmɒdᵻfᵻˈkeɪʃn/
- Plural: commodifications
- Within the social sciences, commodification typically has a negative connotation, referring to things that should not be commodities (e.g., water or education).
- Also called commoditization (commoditisation).
- Economic Sociology Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “commodification” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “commodification.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 14, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/commodification/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
commodification. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/commodification/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “commodification.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 14, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/commodification/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“commodification.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 14 Dec. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/commodification/>.