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cultural lag

noun, Sociology
1.
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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British Dictionary definitions for cultural-lag

cultural lag

noun
1.
the difference in the rate of change between two parts of a culture
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Contemporary definitions for cultural-lag
noun

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

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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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