cultural hybridization

(noun) The process by which a cultural element such a food, language, or music blend into another culture by modifying the element to fit cultural norms.


  1. The popularity of martial arts films in the United States using traditionally Asian cultural elements that are adapted to fit the tastes the viewing public.
  2. A global restaurant chains modifying their menus based the unique culture they are in, but maintaining their branding such as Kentucky Fried Chicken or McDonald’s.

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  • Plural: cultural hybridizations
  • Variant spelling: cultural hybridisation

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How to Cite the Definition of Cultural Hybridization

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

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APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

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MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

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