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cultural diffusion

Definition of Cultural Diffusion

(noun) The transmission of cultural aspects (e.g., art, language, norms) from one location to another.

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Cultural Diffusion Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: cul·tur·al dif·fu·sion

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Phonetic Spelling

  • 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/

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Cite the Definition of Cultural Diffusion

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cultural diffusion.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 29, 2020 (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 February 29, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-diffusion/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“cultural diffusion.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 29 Feb. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-diffusion/>.