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November 7, 2021

Collectivism /kuh-lek-tuh-viz-uhm / noun 

Definition:  The term refers to a political ideology of centralized economic and social rule with emphasis on control over the means of production, which is owned by the people collectively. A doctrine that both capital and land of a society should be owned by the people as a whole. It’s also known as communism.

Ideally, collectivism works to encourage cooperation and create harmony and group cohesion. Those belonging to a collectivist culture are likely to value what is good for the whole group over what is good for the individual.

Etymology:  Collectivism is from1880 socialist theory, from collective + -ism.

In a Sentence

The Native American tribes of the east practiced collectivism when they banded together, enable to protect the people as a whole rather than as individual tribes.

Collectivism is a large part of Japan’s social culture, which can lead some Japanese families to value group achievements over individual successes.

The children learned to sacrifice their own needs for the good of the community because they grew up in a culture of collectivism.


Communism, Fabianism, Leninism, Maoism, Collective Ownership, State Ownership


Democracy, Self-determination, Self-government, Autonomy, Freedom.


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