degradation ceremony

(noun) A ceremony that transforms or is intended to transform the identity or status of an individual into an identity or status lower down in the hierarchy of a group or institution.

Examples:

  • Courts of law, particularly when an individual is tried and convicted of a crime; and the judge publicly admonishes the individual while reading the verdict and changes their unmarked status to the status of a criminal.
  • Public forms of punishment such as locking an individual in the stocks.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: degradation ceremonies

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How to Cite the Definition of Degradation Ceremony

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “degradation ceremony.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 18, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/degradation-ceremony/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“degradation ceremony.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/degradation-ceremony/>.