Plastic Words

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Plastic words” evokes a class of terms that are amorphous, misleading, pseudoscientific – and omnipresent. Comparable to George Orwell's Newspeak, plastic words possess a formulaic character that impedes independent thinking. The entry describes plastic words and applies the concept to the widespread use of “phobic” language (Islamophobia, homophobia, xenophobia, ecophobia, etc.).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology
EditorsGeorge Ritzer
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781405165518
ISBN (Print)9781405124331
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016


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BAEHR, P. (2016). Plastic Words. In G. Ritzer (Ed.), The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology John Wiley and Sons.