(noun) The occurrence of two or more cultures coming into contact with each through conquest, immigration, mass media, trade, or travel.
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- Plural: cultural contacts
- After cultural contact occurs, acculturation describes what happens on a societal and cultural level and enculturation describes what happens on an individual level.
- Sociologist study how innovations lead to social acceptance in a cross-cultural dimension such as how different societies react to the rise of the internet.
- Also called cultural accommodation.
- Cultural contact used in a sentence: Native Americans were forever changed after cultural contact with Europeans.
- “The kind of person we become depends greatly on what we learn during our formative years from our surrounding social groups and social environment” (Kendall 2006:105).
- Baron, Robert A., and Ana C. Cara. 2011. Creolization as Cultural Creativity. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
- Blum-Kulka, Shoshana. 1997. Dinner Talk: Cultural Patterns of Sociability and Socialization in Family Discourse. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
- Chari, Sharad, and Stuart Corbridge. 2008. The Development Reader. London: Routledge.
- Cherry, Andrew L. 1994. The Socializing Instincts: Individual, Family, and Social Bonds. Westport, CT: Praeger.
- Hoerder, Dirk. 2011. Cultures in Contact World Migrations in the Second Millennium. Durham: Duke University Press.
- Maynard, Ashley E. 2005. Learning in Cultural Context: Family, Peers, and School. New York: Springer.
- Paterson, Alistair. 2011. A Millennium of Cultural Contact. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast.
- Rogoff, Barbara. 2003. The Cultural Nature of Human Development. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
Kendall, Diane. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.