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Definition of Total Institution

(noun) An organization where individuals are placed under formal control and complete resocialization occurs.

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  • prison
  • military

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Cite the Definition of Total Institution

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “total institution.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/total-institution/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

total institution. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/total-institution/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “total institution.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/total-institution/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“total institution.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 21 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/total-institution/>.