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naïve realism

(noun) The idea that all people perceive the world as you do.

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national

1. (adjective) Concerning one nation; 2. (noun) A citizen or subject of a country, typically entitled to its protection.

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natural history study

(noun) A study, typically longitudinal investigating the course of a condition or disease.

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nature versus nurture

(noun) A debate between the influence of genetics (nature) and social environments (nurture) on the development of individual or group and which one is more dominant.

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negative correlation

(noun) In statistical analysis, a situation in which an increase in one variable causes a decrease in another variable, and vice versa.

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neo-Luddite

(noun) An individual who opposes the use of technology for ethical, moral or philosophical reasons.

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neolocal residence

(noun) When a married couple live together in a new residence instead of with the husband’s family (patrilocal residence) or the wife’s family (matrilocal residence).

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nephew

(noun) The male child (son) of one’s brother or sister or one’s spouse.

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nepotism

(noun) Favoritism toward relatives or personal friends by those in power, who because of their relationship rather than their abilities, receive special treatment (e.g., jobs, discounts).

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new social movement theory

(noun) Theory asserting that postmodern movements do not follow the two traditional social movements challenging the social order: class-based or gender-based movements, thus are difficult to explain with traditional social movement theories.

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niece

(noun) The female child (daughter) of one’s brother or sister or of one’s spouse.

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NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard)

(noun) Acronym for “Not In My Back Yard”, which is the tendency for people to protest issues, particularly environmental, that affect them directly.

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No Child Left Behind Act

(noun) Federal legislation enacted by United States in 2001 that provided additional funding for students with low socioeconomic status and expanded the use of standardized testing.

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nomothetic

(adjective) Relating to the generalizability of cases, events, or people.

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nonlinguistic symbol

(noun) A symbol that is not expressed using vocalized language, such as body language or a status symbol.

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nonmaterial culture

(noun) The abstract creations of society that influence behavior and direct socialization.

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nonreactive research

(noun) The use of secondary data to conduct research so that direct contact with subjects does not influence their behavior.