social determinism

(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.

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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/>.