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