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[per-tik-yuh-luh-riz-uh m, puh-tik-] /pərˈtɪk yə ləˌrɪz əm, pəˈtɪk-/
exclusive attention or devotion to one's own particular interests, party, etc.
the principle of leaving each state of a federation free to retain its laws and promote its interests.
Theology. the doctrine that divine grace is provided only for the elect.
1815-25; < French particularisme. See particular, -ism
Related forms
particularist, noun
particularistic, adjective
particularistically, adverb Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for particularism


exclusive attachment to the interests of one group, class, sect, etc, esp at the expense of the community as a whole
the principle of permitting each state or minority in a federation the right to further its own interests or retain its own laws, traditions, etc
(theol) the doctrine that divine grace is restricted to the elect
Derived Forms
particularist, noun, adjective
particularistic, adjective
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Encyclopedia Article for particularism

historical particularism

school of anthropological thought associated with the work of Franz Boas and his students (among them A.L. Kroeber, Ruth Benedict, and Margaret Mead), whose studies of culture emphasized the integrated and distinctive way of life of a given people. Particularism stood in opposition to theories such as cultural evolution, Kulturkreis, and geographical or environmental determinism, all of which sought to discover for the social sciences a series of general laws analogous to those in the physical sciences (such as the laws of thermodynamics or gravity).

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