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cultural ecology

(noun) The study of how groups of people interact with and adapt to their environment.

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cultural environment

(noun) The behaviors, norms, and values that people use to understand and explain their physical and social environment.

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cultural hybridization

(noun) The process by which a cultural element blends into another culture by modifying the element to fit cultural norms.

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cultural pluralism

(noun) A mixing of different cultures in which each culture retains its own unique identity, often referred to as the “salad bowl.”

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cultural relativism

(noun) The view that a culture can only be understood and judged by the standards, behaviors, norms, and values within the culture and not by anything outside.

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cultural transmission

(noun) The transfer of behavior, beliefs, norms, and values of a society to their culture.

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culture

(noun) The ideas and self-concepts of a group or society (e.g., artifacts, attitudes, beliefs, customs, norms, symbols, and values).

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culture jamming

(noun) Acts of modifying mass media advertisements so that they convey messages different to that originally intended, usually messages that contradict the original meaning or messages that serve as social commentary.

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culture lag

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.

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culture maker

(noun) An individual or group that creates and spreads culture.

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culture of prejudice

(noun) The theory that prejudice is inherent in culture and a form of social repression sustained through fear and ignorance.

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culture shock

(noun) A feeling of anxiety and disorientation that occurs when an individual encounters an unfamiliar culture or way of life.

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culture war

(noun) A political struggle caused by conflict between sets of social beliefs and cultural values.

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cybercrime

(noun) Law-breaking behavior committed with the use of advanced technology, particularly computers and the internet.

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cyberterrorism

(noun) An act of terrorism that deliberately disrupts computer networks.

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social category

(noun) A group of people, places, and things that have commonalities.