1. (noun) The period of time between the introduction of new technological developments (material culture) into a culture or society and the acceptance of the developments by legal and moral institutions (nonmaterial culture) in a culture or society.
2. (noun) (informal) The time it takes for culture to catch up to innovations in technology.
Example: Laws and mores adapting to medical science’s ability to keep an individual alive through artificial means.
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- Plural: culture lags
- The period of time between introduction and acceptance leads to conflicts and social problems.
- Term coined by William F. Ogburn (1886–1959) in Social Change with Respect to Culture and Original Nature (1922).
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- Also called:
- cultural lag
- cultural lag theory
- Choukas, Michael. 1936. “The Concept of Cultural Lag Re-Examined.” American Sociological Review 1(5):752–60.
- Hall, Edward T. 1976. Beyond Culture. New York: Doubleday.
- Hickman, Charles Addison. n.d.. World Economic Problems: Nationalism, Technology & Cultural Lag. New York, Chicago: Pitman Publishing Corporation.Ogburn, William F. 1964. On Culture and Social Change: Selected Papers. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Woodard, James Wroten. 1935. Intellectual Realism and Culture Change: A Preliminary Study of Reification. Hanover, NH: Sociological Press.
- Everyday Sociology Blog – Technology and Cultural Lag: everydaysociologyblog.com
- Kraus, John F. – Cultural Lag or Cultural Drag: The Impact of Resource Depletion on Social Change in Post-Modern Society: departments.mercer.edu
- Sociology Guide – Cultural Lag: sociologyguide.com
- The Sociology of Educational Technology – The Cultural Lag Theory: sites.google.com