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social determinism

Definition of Social Determinism

(noun) A theory stating that all social phenomena are determined by external factors such as institutions or norms.

Social Determinism Pronunciation

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Syllabification: so·cial de·ter·min·ism

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Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /sOH-shuhl di-tUHR-muh-niz-uhm/
  • British English – /sOH-shuhl di-tUHR-mi-ni-zuhm/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈsoʊʃəl dɪˈtɜrməˌnɪzəm/
  • British English – /ˈsəʊʃəl dɪˈtɜːmɪnɪzm/

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Cite the Definition of Social Determinism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “social determinism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 29, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/social-determinism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “social determinism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 29, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/social-determinism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“social determinism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 29 Nov. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/social-determinism/>.