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resocialization

Definition of Resocialization

(noun) The learning process by which old behaviors are replaced by new ones.

Example of Resocialization

  • Moving to another country and learning new norms.

Resocialization Pronunciation

Usage Notes

  • Plural: resocializations
  • Resocialization can be voluntary or involuntary: voluntary resocialization occurs by choice, such as starting a new job or attending a university; involuntary resocialization occurs against an individual’s will, such as in prison or court mandated drug rehabilitation, and typically takes place in total institutions.
  • A type of socialization.
  • Variant spelling:
    • resocialisation
    • re-socialization
  • People can (verb) resocialize themselves and others by (verb) resocializing with other (noun) resocializers in order to become (noun) resocialized.

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Cite the Definition of Resocialization

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “resocialization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/resocialization/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “resocialization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/resocialization/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“resocialization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/resocialization/>.