(noun) A theory stating that all social phenomena are determined by social factors such as social systems.
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- Biological determinism is the opposite of social determinism, but both theories imply a lack of individual control.
- Not to be confused with social reductionism.
- A type of determinism.
- A (noun) social determinist views society (adverb) social deterministically from a (adjective) social deterministic perspective.
How to Cite the Definition of Social Determinism
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “social determinism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 20, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/social-determinism/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
social determinism. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://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 January 20, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/social-determinism/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“social determinism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 20 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/social-determinism/>.