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The social position of being noncommittal to or uninvolved with anything other than one's own immediate interests and lifestyle.

pri′va·tist adj. & n.
pri′va·tis′tic adj.
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(Sociology) a lack of concern for public life
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In theory, it rejects "the intense privatism of the suburbs," (Kohn 2004, p.
Thus, dentistry has established itself in the process of production of goods and services and reaffirmed its role as core of the material base of the productive process, thereby revitalising other labour forces (4,5) in the logic of liberalism and privatism associated with professional autonomy.
politics as usual fits a utilitarian and statist model that is characterised by civic privatism, depoliticisation, and passivity and carried out by political elites, professional bureaucrats, and social technicians.' (23) This may be the case, but does not mean we should ignore developments in the parliamentary arena as irrelevant or 'not politics'.
Mobile communication and network privatism: A literature review of the implications for diverse, weak, and new ties.
Jonathan McKenzie, The Political Thought of Henry David Thoreau: Privatism and the Practice of Philosophy (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2016), 205 pp., $90 cloth.
Further, the passion for acquisition may give way to an imbecilic need for material well-being--for comfort and pleasure in addition to security--and an idiotic privatism that saps the civic and manly virtues and blinds citizens to the very preconditions of their well-being.
Lewis called "privatism" (Williams and the Arthuriad 188).
The choice, however, between the concern over "privatism" against the more celebrated revival of "humanistic sensibility" and "conscience" has its own limitations--these two responses themselves shield or even erase potential ethical dimensions of literature.
According to Wilhite, the suburbs are a "uniquely problematic and potentially transformative cultural and geographic region," and in this novel Franzen "locates the political subject within the competing ideologies of privatism and globalization" (2012: 617).
The rehabilitative ideal strengthens privatism and attempts to deaden movements of political or collective activity.
Giroux begins his rant against our current state of affairs by explaining how we, the many and the public, have been coerced or seduced into substituting capitalism with its penchant for individualism, authoritarianism, consumerism and privatism for democracy and its inclusive spaces, public institutions, mutuality, and reciprocity.
This state, in which individuals can dictate what they want to watch, especially where they want to watch, while remaining largely in public, is what Hampton and Gupta call "public privatism" (Hampton and Gupta, 2008), portability (wireless technology) becoming a key element.