Definitions of Enculturation
(noun) The gradual process of an individual or group learning and adapting to the norms and values of a culture (or subculture) in which they are immersed (e.g., learning a new language or clothing style).
Examples of Enculturation
- A foreign exchange student learning to navigate a new educational system, local customs, and new foods.
- Refugees adapting to a new place after fleeing their homeland.
- American English – /in-kuhl-chuhr-rAY-shuhn/
- British English – /in-kuhl-chuh-rAY-shuhn/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English: /ɪnˌkʌltʃɚˈɹeɪʃən/
- British English: /ɪnˌkʌltʃəˈɹeɪʃ(ə)n/
- Plural: enculturations
- Enculturation can be intentional or unintentional and formal or informal.
- Enculturation can occur due to cultural contact or innovation and can lead to social acceptance.
- In contrast to enculturation, acculturation is the process of change that occurs when two or more cultures come into contact.
- Some sources list acculturation, enculturation, and socialization as synonyms, while these terms are similar and easily confused, they are not synonyms in an academic context.
- Enculturation is similar to socialization and is often used synonymously. The distinction between the two is enculturation is learning cultural norms and socialization is learning societal norms, however, neither process occurs independent of the other. Enculturation typically refers to “people” in general and is informal and socialization typically refers to children and is formal or deliberate.
- Variant spelling: inculturation
- Enculturation is the process by which a culture or (noun) enculturator (verb) enculturates an individual (adverb) enculturatively through an (adjective) enculturational or (adjective) enculturative process to become (adjective) enculturated.
- “The kind of person we become depends greatly on what we learn during our formative years from our surrounding social groups and social environment” (Kendall 2006:105).
- Word origin of “enculturation” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “enculturation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 27, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/enculturation/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
enculturation. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/enculturation/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “enculturation.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 27, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/enculturation/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
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