- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea


Core definition

The process by which abstract concepts are treated as if they're real material things.

Longer explanation

You might not think you're familiar with the process of reification, but taking the abstract and treating it as if it's real is actually something we come across every day. Consider the following statement: ‘Mother Nature ...

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