procrustean bed

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Procrustean bed

also procrustean bed
An arbitrary standard to which exact conformity is forced.
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Noun1.procrustean bed - a standard that is enforced uniformly without regard to individuality
criterion, standard, touchstone, measure - a basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "the schools comply with federal standards"; "they set the measure for all subsequent work"
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When the current government fully implements its planned education policies, all high schools will be put on the Procrustean bed, for an "egalitarian" ground in the extreme competition for matriculation.
Synopsis: What do we fail to see when we force other, earlier cultures into the Procrustean bed of concepts that organize our contemporary world?
So, even when the analysis strains to bind these thinkers to the Procrustean bed of the Kluge-Negt counter-public sphere model, one feels rewarded with a well-told story of intellectual history.
The world has remained for him "so various, so beautiful, so new" that he does not want to fit it all into a procrustean bed of narrow theoretical preconception, as do so many of the various -ists of the ideologically balkanized humanities departments of universities.
On the other hand, too often that approach becomes a Procrustean bed into which the author is forced to fit his account.
a complex, loosely affiliated movement whose poetic and socio-political diversity resists simple reduction to what is by now a surely familiar heuristic Procrustean bed of, among other things, "impassibility" and "social disengagement" (54-61).
When events in the Middle East refuse to fit into this Procrustean bed, the West is often left helpless in its cluelessness.
The book is more of an attempt to fit Polish history into the Procrustean bed of a neo-Marxist script than a biography.
Colt was, for better or worse, lashed to the Procrustean bed of mil-spec.
While offering the theory of intermediality as an alternative to describing film sound in terms of diegetic relationships (what she calls "the Procrustean bed of diegesis," p.
The inattention to gay violence happens because gay violence cannot be fitted into DeKeseredy's Procrustean bed of heterosexual ("patriarchal") male violence.