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explicit culture

Definition of Explicit Culture

(noun) Social knowledge that people can perceive and talk about.

Examples of Explicit Culture

  • The words for actions (e.g., singing or dancing), specific people (e.g., father or student), or things (e.g., clothes and computers).
  • Norms such as how to dress for certain social situations such as graduations or job interviews.

Explicit Culture Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: ex·plic·it cul·ture

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /ik-splIs-uht kUHl-chuhr/
  • British English – /ik-splIs-it kUHl-chuh/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ɪkˈsplɪsət ˈkʌlʧər/
  • British English – /ɪksˈplɪsɪt ˈkʌlʧə/

Usage Notes

Related Quotation

  • Culture consists of patterns, explicit and implicit, of and for behaviour, acquired and transmitted by symbols, constituting the distinctive achievement of human groups, including their embodiments in artifacts; the essential core of culture consists of traditional (i.e., historically derived and selected) ideas and especially their attached valuesculture systems may, on the one hand, be considered as products of action, on the other as conditioning elements of further action” (Kroeber and Kluckhohn 1952:181).

Additional Information

Related Terms


Kroeber, Alfred L., and Clyde Kluckhohn. 1952. Culture: A Critical Review of Concepts and Definitions. Cambridge, MA: Peabody Museum of American Archæology and Ethnology.

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Cite the Definition of Explicit Culture

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “explicit culture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 18, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/explicit-culture/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

explicit culture. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/explicit-culture/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “explicit culture.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 18, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/explicit-culture/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“explicit culture.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 18 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/explicit-culture/>.