Definition of institutionalization in English:


(British institutionalisation)


mass noun
  • 1The action of establishing something as a convention or norm in an organization or culture.

    ‘they remain committed to the institutionalization of democracy’
    • ‘Practices of popular authorization can be deeply entrenched without that leading to an institutionalization of the rule of law.’
    • ‘The institutionalization of rationality is the constitutive feature of institutions in the modern business enterprise.’
    • ‘The true institutionalization of the hedge fund industry would likely raise a number of new issues.’
    • ‘He looks at institutional forms and networks and the institutionalization of class relations.’
    • ‘He reveals an intense frustration with the institutionalization of semiotics.’
    • ‘The effect has been to institutionalize a process that, by its very nature, seems to defy institutionalization.’
    • ‘He did not just represent that process, he participated in its institutionalization.’
    • ‘What we are talking about is institutionalization in an art form where the transitory is standard.’
    • ‘The result has been the institutionalization of agricultural dumping by national farm policy, the report concluded.’
    • ‘The process of institutionalization is fascinating in architecture—for example, the discipline's insistent move toward a literal translation of metaphor.’
  • 2The state of being placed or kept in a residential institution.

    ‘people with a history of long-term institutionalization’
    • ‘My own mother was threatened with a marriage annulment and institutionalization if she sought a divorce for my father's rapes and beatings of the kids.’
    • ‘The recommendation was institutionalization, but after two years, Ms. Williams brought her home, determined that she should live as normal a life as possible.’
    • ‘In addition to the emotional toll on young people, the cost of institutionalization is prohibitive: as much as $200,000 per child, per year.’
    • ‘Through insanity and institutionalization, this family tends to mirror their times.’
    • ‘She had been felled quite early by tragedy—the death of a young daughter, abandonment by a first husband, institutionalization following a nervous breakdown.’
    • ‘Campaigns against forced sterilization or institutionalization or exclusion from public schools have been led by family members or the professionals who work with them.’
    • ‘Next stop: institutionalization (the neighbors, I'm quite sure, have warned their children to stay away from the crazy man with the constantly dripping hair).’
    • ‘I did this at my lowest point—assuming something could be lower than plotting the institutionalization of an elderly neighbor.’
    • ‘His institutionalization reveals that his violence is attributable to his mental deficiencies.’
    • ‘By helping children living with their families now, the state will be able to avoid the much higher costs of institutionalization or imprisonment later on.’
    1. 2.1 Harmful effects such as apathy and loss of independence arising from spending a long time in an institution.
      ‘a perceptive report worried that J was at risk of institutionalization’
      • ‘There was also the matter of my several years living in homeless shelters that caused a form of institutionalization to set in.’
      • ‘Institutionalization is facilitated in cases in which persons enter institutional settings at an early age.’
      • ‘There is less tension between the demands of the institution and the autonomy of a mature adult, so institutionalization proceeds more quickly with younger inmates.’
      • ‘In extreme cases of institutionalization, prisoners may think of themselves as "the kind of person" who deserves only the degradation to which they are subjected.’
      • ‘The ordinary adaptive process of institutionalization has become extraordinarily prolonged and intense.’
      • ‘The psychological residue of institutionalization requires active and prolonged agency intervention.’
      • ‘The term "institutionalization" is used to describe the process by which inmates are shaped and transformed by the institutional environments in which they live.’
      • ‘The process of institutionalization may surround inmates so thoroughly with external limits that internal controls atrophy or fail to develop altogether.’
      • ‘Prison systems must begin to take the pains of imprisonment and the nature of institutionalization seriously.’
      • ‘Institutionalization renders some people so dependent on external constraints that they gradually lose the capacity to rely on internal organization.’