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Definition of Institutionalization

(noun) The act or process of establishing a new norm in a society.

Example of Institutionalization

  • Making it illegal to drive without a seat-belt and announcing the law change through a publicity campaign before the law goes into effect.

Institutionalization Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: in·sti·tu·tion·al·i·za·tion

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Usage Notes

  • Plural: institutionalizations
  • Variant spelling: institutionalisation

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Works Consulted

Griffiths, Heather, Nathan Keirns, Eric Strayer, Susan Cody-Rydzewski, Gail Scaramuzzo, Tommy Sadler, Sally Vyain, Jeff Bry, Faye Jones. 2016. Introduction to Sociology 2e. Houston, TX: OpenStax.

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Cite the Definition of Institutionalization

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “institutionalization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 28, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/institutionalization/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “institutionalization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 28, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/institutionalization/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“institutionalization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/institutionalization/>.