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


vb (tr)
to render essential
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(əˈsɛn ʃəˌlaɪz)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to extract the essence from; express the essence of.
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academy and, more broadly, UnitedStatesian critical understandings of race: this characterization, understanding the need for broad self-correction, critiques essentializing tendencies not with the intention of oppositional dismissal but with the desire to work through and further advance multicultural foundations in the hegemonic globalizing conditions of the present.
After the political upheavals of 1968, the commitment to multiculturalism was perceived as a liberal manifesto, but in the post-9/11 era, it is under attack for its relativizing, particularist, and essentializing implications.
Gifford begins with a call for a more diverse definition of Christianity in order to avoid analysing all forms of Christianity in Africa as a single category, as that entails the risk of essentializing our understanding of Christianity in Africa.
He turns the main lens of questioning onto criticism itself, seeking to avoid an essentializing frame of African identity but rather ask how filmmakers work to manipulate and subvert the world's gaze onto Africa.
Essentializing race as culture builds on the idea that particular values, lifestyles or norms are "inherent" to particular racial groups.
Even people who know that essentializing race is wrong can't help absorbing the stereotypes that are pervasive in our culture.
Such an "essentializing" process only reinforces stereotypes of African men as "abusers" and African women as "victims."
Their discussion focuses on four key areas in order to further their argument: the dangers of essentializing women through the lens of colonial feminism; the impact of violent conflict on Arab women in terms of identity, national belonging, and modernity; the influences of Islam on women as faith, tradition, and site for activism; and the significance of women's agency.
Rejecting an "essentializing" approach that views the Armenian experience within the context of Armenian nationalism, Seta B.
Though a unique and useful resource in the field of masculinity studies, Penner's premise that masculinity is divided along a hard/soft binary is slightly essentializing: if hard and soft masculinity alike are both decidedly masculine, then there must be an inherent masculinity within the male body.