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Blankenship 1st Pd 1st Semester Wiki Paul Rill


The sum total of the knowledge, attitudes, and habitual behavior patterns shared and transmitted by the members of a society. This is anthropologist Ralph Linton's definition; hundreds of others exist

Folk Culture

Cultural traits such as dress modes, dwellings, traditions, and institutions of usually small, traditional communities.

Popular Culture

Cultural traits such as dress, diet and music that identify and are part of today's changeable, urban-based, media-influenced western societies

Local Culture

a group of people in a particular place who see themselves as a collective or a community, who share experiences, customs, and traits, and who work to preserve those traits and customs in order to claim uniqueness and to distinguish themselves from others.

Material Culture

The art, housing, clothing, sports, dances, foods, and other similar items constructed or created by a group of people.

Non-material Culture

the beliefs practices, aesthetics, and values of a group of people

Hierarchical Diffusion

A form of diffusion in which an idea or innovation spreads by passing first among the most connected places or peoples. An urban hierarchy is usually involved, encouraging the leapfrogging of innovations over wide areas, with geographic distance a less important influence


The area where an idea or cultural trait originates


the process through which people lose originally differentiating traits, such as dress, speech particularities, or mannerisms, when they come into contact with another society or culture. Often used to describe immigrant adaptation to new places of residence.


practice routinely followed by a group of people

Cultural Appropriation

The process by which cultures adopt customs and knowledge from other cultures and use them for their own benefit


The seeking out of the regional culture and reinvigoration of it in response to the uncertainty of the modern world.

Ethnic Neighborhood

neighborhood, typically situated in a larger metropolitian city and constructed by or composed of a local culture, in which a local culture can practice its customs


The process through which something is given monetary value; occurs when a good or idea that previously was not regarded as an object to be bought and sold is turned into something that has a particular price and that can be traded in a market economy.


in the context of local cultures or customs, the accuracy with which the single sterotypical or typecast image or experience conveys an otherwise dynamic and complex local culture or its customs

Distance Decay

the effects of distance on interaction, generally the greater the distance the less interaction

Time-Space Compression

A term associated with the work of David Harvey that refers to the social and psychological effects of living in a world in which time-space convergence has rapidly reached a high level of intensity.


with respect to popular culture, when people within a place start to produce an aspect of popular culture themselves, doing so in the context of their local culture and making it their own

Cultural Landscape

The visible imprint of human activity and culture on the landscape. The layers of buildings, forms, and artifacts sequentially imprinted on the landscape by the activities of various human occupants.


defined by the geographer Edward Relph as the loss of uniqueness of place in the cultural landscape so that one place looks like the next

Global-Local Continuum

The notion that what happens at the global scale has direct effect on what happens at the local scale, and vice versa. This idea posits that the world is comprised of an interconnected eries of relationships that extend across space.


The process by which people in a local place mediate and alter regional, national, and global processes

Folk-Housing Regions

A region in which the housing stock predominantly reflects styles of building that are particular to the culture of the people who have long inhabited the area.

Diffusion Routes

the spatial trajectory through which the cultural traits or other phenomena spread

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