institutionalization(redirected from institutionalize)
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- the process, as well as the outcome of the process, in which social activities become regularized and routinized as stable, social-structural features. See also INSTITUTION.
- the process, and the resulting condition, in which SOCIAL ACTORS incarcerated for long periods in TOTAL INSTITUTIONS, such as prisons or mental hospitals, become incapable of, or disabled for, independent social life outside the institution.