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medicalization of deviance

Definition of Medicalization of Deviance

(noun) The normalization process that changes “bad” behavior into “sick” behavior.

Medicalization of Deviance Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˌmɛdəkələˈzeɪʃ(ə)n əv ˈdiviəns/
      • /ˌmɛdəkələˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ə ˈdiviəns/
      • /ˌmɛdəkəˌlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n əv ˈdiviəns/
      • /ˌmɛdəkəˌlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n ə ˈdiviəns/
    • British English
      • /ˌmɛdᵻkl̩ʌɪˈzeɪʃn ɒv ˈdiːvɪəns/
      • /ˌmɛdᵻkl̩ʌɪˈzeɪʃn əv ˈdiːvɪəns/
      • /ˌmɛdᵻkl̩ʌɪˈzeɪʃn ə ˈdiːvɪəns/
      • /ˌmɛdᵻkəlʌɪˈzeɪʃn ɒv ˈdiːvɪəns/
      • /ˌmɛdᵻkəlʌɪˈzeɪʃn əv ˈdiːvɪəns/
      • /ˌmɛdᵻkəlʌɪˈzeɪʃn ə ˈdiːvɪəns/
  • Syllabification: (med·i·ca·li·za·tion of de·vi·ance)

Usage Notes

  • Plurals:
    • medicalizations of deviance
    • medicalization of deviances
  • A type of medicalization.
  • Variant spelling: medicalisation of deviance

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Cite the Definition of Medicalization of Deviance

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “medicalization of deviance.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/medicalization-of-deviance/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “medicalization of deviance.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/medicalization-of-deviance/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“medicalization of deviance.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/medicalization-of-deviance/>.