cultural lag

noun Sociology.
slowness in the rate of change of one part of a culture in relation to another part, resulting in a maladjustment within society, as from the failure of the nonmaterial culture to keep abreast of developments in the material culture.
Also, culture lag.
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cultural lag or culture lag
 
n
the difference in the rate of change between two parts of a culture
 
culture lag or culture lag
 
n

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Main Entry:  cultural lag
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a slower rate of change in one society as compared with others, esp. the failure of the nonmaterial culture to up with developments in the material culture; also called culture lag
Example:  Cultural lag is William Ogburn's term for a gap between the technical development of a society (material culture) and its moral and legal institutions (nonmaterial culture).
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But this is also cultural lag and cultural rigidity.
But as technology evolves, many of our tax laws have not kept pace-cultural lag.
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