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.
- 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/
- Plural: objectifications
- An (noun) objectifier (verb) objectifies an individual or group.
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “objectification.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 5, 2023 (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/
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Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “objectification.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/objectification/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“objectification.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2017. Web. 5 Feb. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/objectification/>.