(noun) An institution that has the power to govern the people within its territory through laws and force.
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- Plural: states
- The state and government are not the same thing sociologically speaking however outside of the social sciences the terms are used interchangeably.
- Not to be confused with “a state” such as North Carolina in the United States.
- Word origin of “state” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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How to Cite the Definition of State
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “state.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 20, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/state/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
state. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/state/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “state.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 20, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/state/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“state.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 20 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/state/>.