Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-20, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 19 December, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2020.


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core definition

Biologism is a perspective that posits social differences and inequalities as determined by innate biological factors.

explanatory context

The biologism approach is one side of the nature-nuture debate and occurs in its extreme form only rarely since the 1980s.


In social science, the socialisation approach predominates, although this often accepts that socialisation is mediated by concessions to biological differences, although not accepting that biology determines the social.


Two areas where biologism clings on are sociobiology and idealist radical feminism and biological feminism.

analytical review

associated issues


related areas

Biological determinism is a similar conept and it is essentially the belief that individual differences are biologically caused and, therefore, unchangeable.



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