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emergent norm theory

(noun)  A theory of crowds which posits that crowd participants develop standards among themselves as to group function, goals, and operation, which then guide their behavior

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emigration

(noun) The movement (migration) of people out of an area.

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émigré

(noun) An emigrant that leaves their homeland to immigrate to another, particularly due to political exile.

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empty nest

(noun) A home or a family in which only a parent or parents remain after the children grow up and leave.

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enculturation

(noun) The gradual process of an individual or group learning and adapting to the norms and values of a culture (or subculture) in which they are immersed (e.g., learning a new language or clothing style).

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endemic disease

(noun) A disease that is consistently present in people in a specific location or class position.

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endogamy

(noun) The practice of marrying inside a specific group.

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environment

1. (noun) The natural world (i.e., animals, plants, and weather); 2. (noun) Referring to a specific location such as a classroom or workplace.

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environmental racism

(noun) A type of racism perpetrated by the disproportionate location of environmental hazards near economically and socially disadvantaged areas.

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environmental sociology

(noun) The subfield of sociology that studies the relationship between the environment and humans.

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environmentalism

(noun) The social movement that seeks to protect, improve, or preserve the natural environment.

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epidemiology

(noun) The study of disease and health, and their causes and distribution.

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epistemology

(noun) The philosophic study and theory of knowledge.

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essentialism

(noun) The theory that any entity such as an individual, group, object, or concept has innate and universal qualities.

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estate

(noun) A segment of a social hierarchy with legal rights and obligations.

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estate system

(noun) A stratified system consisting of the clergy, nobility, and commoners; with interlocking legal rights and obligations.

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ethnic cleansing

(noun) A type of expulsion, in which an ethnic or religious group is forced to leave an area by another ethnic or religious group, in order to create a “pure” and homogenized area.

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ethnicity

(noun) A category of people who share a cultural background such as language, location, and religion.