tr.v. es·sen·tial·ized, es·sen·tial·iz·ing, es·sen·tial·izes
To express or extract the essential form of.


(ɪˈsɛnʃəˌlaɪz) or


vb (tr)
to render essential


(əˈsɛn ʃəˌlaɪz)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to extract the essence from; express the essence of.
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We must nevertheless be aware that the problem we are facing is 'something' more than a witty play on words, in so far as we are speaking of acts and attitudes which essentialize and discriminate human beings, located far from the field of equality whereon social relations, should be governed.
questions well-trodden interpretations that have tended to essentialize Eastern philosophy as monistic and Christian theology as intractable in its dualism.
The cross-cultural prevalence of our tendency to essentialize reflects the particularities of the cognitive makeup of our species.
Among the Jewish and Christian contributors, all experienced in Jewish Christian dialogue, there tends to be not only an understandable apprehension about the ability of Muslims to engage productively with Jews and Christians, but also a marked tendency to essentialize Islam and a kind of hubris about their own religious superiority vis-a-vis Islam that inevitably thwarts true dialogue.
Americans essentialize those we invade as savages in a wilderness to be tamed, and the taming itself is rewarded with a material bounty," the author argues.
In spite of his desire to avoid an essentializing "universalism," Frankfurter makes what I believe are at least one-sided, if not mistaken, claims, inspired by the very assumptions and techniques of modern psychoanalysis: a tendency to treat complex social groups and even whole societies as if they were individuals; to essentialize social phenomena or constructions ("cannibalism," for instance) as essences existing intrinsically in all humans; and to universalize a single "explanation" of the phenomenon across history and different cultures (see the quotation about cannibalism above).
This "map" that the author refers to has been used in intellectual history to essentialize gender and valorize hegemonic constructions of masculinity, and to repeat it without demonstrating the challenges to it, more or less, rehearses that hegemony anew.
She takes issue with those who, like Freud or Foucault, essentialize the human body and its desires as some sort of transhistorical entity, yet use the male body as the standard (p.
She suggests that we should abandon the category of gender once and for all because it is founded on a nature-culture distinction and it tends incorrigibly to essentialize women's lives.
Giddens 1990, Halliday 1999) The British colonial administration (1898-1956) provided the Sudanese project with the means to construct and essentialize the social, economic and cultural structures of a new state.
As he did also in his 1991 book, Visions of the People: Industrial England and the Question of Class, 1848-1914, Joyce seeks to counteract or at least qualify mechanical versions of Marxist social history that essentialize social class by treating it as the primum mobile of culture and society and therefore as itself not culturally constructed.
Accordingly, rather than dictate or essentialize, the works open up.