- 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

A pattern of thinking based on shared assumptions or collective awareness that is predominant in a society and affects the way individuals perceive and respond to the world.

Longer explanation

It can be difficult to see what surrounds us. In fact, just as fish have no need to contemplate water unless they're removed from it, we often accept ...

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