(noun) The occurrence of two or more cultures coming into contact with each through conquest, immigration, mass media, trade, or travel.
- When Native Americans in North America met Europeans for the first time.
- When a foreign exchange student visits their host country.
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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.
- “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).
- Word origin of “cultural” and “contact” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- Maynard, Ashley E. 2005. Learning in Cultural Context: Family, Peers, and School. New York: Springer.
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How to Cite the Definition of Cultural Contact
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cultural contact.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 24, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-contact/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
cultural contact. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-contact/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cultural contact.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 24, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-contact/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“cultural contact.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 24 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-contact/>.