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matching hypothesis

(noun) The theory that people select romantic and sexual partners who have similar statuses such as physical attraction and social class.

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material culture

(noun) The physical objects that belong to or were created by a group of people.

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matriarchal authority

(noun) A family or group dynamic where a mother or female exerts the most power and authority.

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matriarchy

1. (noun) A society, system, or group in which women dominate men and have the power and authority; 2. (noun) A group or family where the mother or oldest female is the head of the family with descent typically traced through the female line.

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McDonaldization

(noun) “[T]he process by which the principles of the fast-food restaurant are coming to dominate more and more sectors of American society as well as the rest of world” (Ritzer 2015:1).

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media

(noun) Any digital, electronic, or printed means of communication.

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media globalization

(noun) The integration of media sources and outlets to facilitate the exchange of ideas cross-culturally.

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medical sociology

(noun) The branch of sociology concerned with the social construction, causes, and effects of disease and health.

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medicalization

(noun) The process by which something is defined as “unhealthy” and in need of treatment.

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megachurch

(noun) A Protestant church with an unusually large congregation.

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megalopolis

(noun) An urban area larger than a metropolis where several cities and towns (including exurbs and suburbs) have merged.

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member

(noun) An individual that belongs to a group.

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meritocracy

(noun) A system that fosters and rewards personal effort, ability, and talent through competition to determine social standing.

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method

1. (noun) A systematic way to do something; 2. (noun) A process, technique or tool for collecting or analyzing data.

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methodology

1. (noun) The study of methods; 2. (noun) A system or theory of how research proceeds, including considerations for ethics, methods, participants, and researchers.