Definition of Cultural Diffusion
Examples of Cultural Diffusion
- Aesthetics of movies, architecture, and design following the 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
- Coffee from Ethiopia being grown in South America and consumed worldwide.
- McDonald’s in the Middle East.
- Potatoes and tomatoes from Latin America becoming staple foods and cultural markers in Ireland and Italy, respectively.
- Spread of Hip Hop from the United States to other countries.
- Western adoption of Eastern cuisine.
- Loan words in the English lexicon that come from other languages.
Cultural Diffusion Pronunciation
Syllabification: cul·tur·al dif·fu·sion
- American English – /kUHl-chuhr-ruhl di-fyOO-zhuhn/
- British English – /kUHl-chuh-ruhl di-fyOO-zhuhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈkʌlʧərəl dɪˈfjuʒən/
- British English – /ˈkʌlʧərəl dɪˈfjuːʒən/
- Plural: cultural diffusions
- Both material culture and nonmaterial culture transfer through cultural diffusion.
- Also called:
- cultural borrowing
- Word origin of “cultural” and “diffusion” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cultural diffusion.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 23, 2021 (https://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-diffusion/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
cultural diffusion. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-diffusion/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cultural diffusion.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 23, 2021. https://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-diffusion/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“cultural diffusion.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 Oct. 2021. <https://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-diffusion/>.