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social pathology

noun
1.
a social factor, as poverty, old age, or crime, that tends to increase social disorganization and inhibit personal adjustment.
2.
the study of such factors and the social problems they produce.
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  • The resistance to what works in every other civilized country is a symptom of social pathology.
  • Everything is about social pathology, deprivation and violence.

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