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Definition of Secularization

(noun) The act or process of a society changing from a preponderance of religious institutions, norms, and values toward nonreligious institutions, norms, and values.

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Usage Notes

  • Plural: secularizations
  • Secularization can be understood as the movement from the ecclesiastical to the civil.
  • Variant spelling: secularisation
  • The sociology of religion studies secularization to understand societal shifts in norms caused by change.
  • A (noun) secularist advocates for society to (verb) secularize by (verb) secularizing and to become more (adjective) secularized.

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Reference

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Cite the Definition of Secularization

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “secularization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/secularization/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

secularization. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/secularization/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “secularization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/secularization/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“secularization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 22 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/secularization/>.