scapegoat theory

(noun) Theory asserting that the dominant group will target a subordinate group with its unfocused aggression.

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  • The process described in scapegoat theory is (noun) scapegoatism and is achieved through (verb) scapegoating.

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How to Cite the Definition of Scapegoat Theory

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “scapegoat theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/scapegoat-theory/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “scapegoat theory.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 12, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/scapegoat-theory/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“scapegoat theory.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/scapegoat-theory/>.


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