(noun) The transmission of cultural aspects (e.g., art, language, norms, etc.) from one culture to another.
- 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.
- Words in the English vernacular that come from other languages, such as French, Swahili, and Arabic.
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- 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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How to Cite the Definition of Cultural Diffusion
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “cultural diffusion.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 16, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-diffusion/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
cultural diffusion. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://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 June 16, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-diffusion/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“cultural diffusion.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Jun. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/cultural-diffusion/>.