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Definition of Objectification

(noun) Viewing an individual or group solely as a depersonalized thing (or “object”) existing for the sole purpose of the viewer’s wants and needs, without regard for the individual’s or group’s own agency.

Objectification Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ob·jec·ti·fi·ca·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /uhb-jek-tuh-fuh-kAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /uhb-jek-ti-fi-kAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /əbˌdʒɛktəfəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
  • British English – /əbˌdʒɛktᵻfᵻˈkeɪʃn/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: objectifications
  • An (noun) objectifier (verb) objectifies an individual or group.

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Works Consulted

Dillon, Michele. 2014. Introduction to Sociological Theory: Theorists, Concepts, and their Applicability to the Twenty-First Century. 2nd ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Objectification

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “objectification.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved April 13, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/objectification/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

objectification. (2017). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/objectification/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “objectification.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed April 13, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/objectification/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“objectification.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2017. Web. 13 Apr. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/objectification/>.