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age

(noun) The number of years an individual has lived.

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age cohort

(noun) A group of people born around the same time period from a particular population that typically shares certain events and experiences over their life course.

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age norm

(noun) Culturally informed, formal and informal rules (norms), that determine appropriate ways of ‘being’ and ‘doing’ at a particular age.

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age stratification theory

(noun) Stratification between age cohorts due to an unequal distribution of resources (e.g., wealth, power, and privilege) across the life course.

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ageism

(noun) Discrimination or prejudice against an individual or group because of their age.

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agency

(noun) The capacity of an individual to actively and independently choose and to affect change; free will or self-determination.

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aggregate

1. A collection of anonymous individuals who are temporarily in the same physical location, with minimum interaction and influence on each other and without a sense of group solidarity; 2. A collection of individuals that share a commonality and are combined to create a category for study.

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aging

(noun) The physical, psychological, and social act or process of growing older.

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agreement reality

(noun) Ideas and beliefs that members of a group such as a society or culture typically accept as true.

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agriculture

(noun) The large-scale practice of cultivating permanent fields, growing crops, and raising livestock to meet needs such as food and raw materials.

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agroterrorism

(noun) An act of terrorism intended to damage agriculture.

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alcoholism

(noun) A chronic disease caused by compulsive, dependent, and excessive consumption of alcohol, leading to deterioration of mental and physical health, as well as social and vocational functioning.

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alienation

(noun) The estrangement of individuals from themselves and others; a feeling of normlessness and powerlessness caused by separation and isolation from an individual’s sense of self, society, and work.

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alliance

1. (noun) A social relationship established by marriage; 2. (noun) A social relationship created for common cause or interest.

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ally

(noun) An individual with a privileged status that supports efforts to eliminate the systemic oppression that grants them greater power and privilege.

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altruism

(noun) The tendency of some people to value the health and well-being of others, often above their own self-interest.

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amalgamation

(noun) The act or process through which a dominant group combine with a subordinate group to form a new group.