Glossary M

Macrosystem is the larger cultural or sub-cultural context in which development occurs; the cultures and sub-cultures in which the microsystem, mesosystem, and exosystem are embedded. Macrosystem is, likewise, defined as the basic institutions and ideologies that influence the child, such as the American ideals of freedom of expression and equality under the law; the child’s society and the ideology in which he/she grows up, for example, the United States, the middle class, Spanish ancestry, the Roman Catholic church. It refers to consistencies in the form and content of lower order systems (micro-, meso-, and exosystems) that exist or could exist at the level of the sub-culture or the culture as a whole, along with any belief systems of ideology underlying such consistencies. Macrosystem is, moreover, Bronfenbrenner’s outermost environmental layer or context.

Macrotheory is the theory aimed at understanding the "big picture" of institutions, whole societies, and the interactions among societies. Karl Marx's examination of the class struggle is an example of Macrotheory. By contrast, please see Microtheory.
Macular degeneration refers to a clinical condition that causes degeneration of the Macula, an area of the retina that includes the fovea and a small surrounding area.

Mad cry is the more intense version of a basic cry

Madam refers to a slang term referring to a woman who manages a brothel, in-call, out-call, or escort service.

Mafia refers to the entirety of those Sicilian families which, in both the United States and Sicily, are loosely associated with one another in operating organized crime .

Magazine is defined as an unscientific collection of articles about a wide range of topics.

Magic is defined as the various ceremonies and rituals that are designed to influence spirits.

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