(noun) A debate between the influence of genetics (nature) and social environments (nurture) on the development of individual or group and which one is more dominant.
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- An oft debated topic in the social sciences is whether nature or nurture exerts more control on an individual or society.
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How to Cite the Definition of Nature Versus Nurture
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “nature versus nurture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 26, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/nature-versus-nurture/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
nature versus nurture. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/nature-versus-nurture/
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “nature versus nurture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 26, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/nature-versus-nurture/.
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“nature versus nurture.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 26 Mar. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/nature-versus-nurture/>.