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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-17, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/socialresearch/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 2 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2017.

 

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Objectification


core definition

Objectification (Versachlichung) is the expression of an idea in concrete form.


explanatory context

It is the process of ordering the world into concrete objects. It presents intentions, meanings, etc. as objects of sense for the purpose of scientific investigation.


analytical review

The McGraw-Hill (2004) Sociological Theory site Glossary defines 'objectification' as:

The process through which we create external objects out of our internal thoughts. Also referred to as objectivation.


associated issues

 


related areas

See also

objectivity

objectivation

subjectivity

Researching the Real World Section 1.7 for a detailed discussion of objectivity and subjectivity


Sources

McGraw-Hill, 2004, Sociological Theory: Glossary , available at http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072817186/student_view0/glossary.html, accessed 14 May 2013, page not available 24 December 2016.


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