Definition and background:
To depersonalize; turning something or someone into an object. The term is very commonly used to describe the dehumanizing oppression of women, non-whites, and the dispossessed. To do the opposite is to subjectify. Quote: "Art is the objectification of feeling." Suzanne Langer Also see accession, commision, commodity, deaccession, and oppression.
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