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folkways

[fohk-weyz] /ˈfoʊkˌweɪz/
plural noun, Sociology
1.
the ways of living, thinking, and acting in a human group, built up without conscious design but serving as compelling guides of conduct.
Origin of folkways
folk + ways; term introduced in a book of the same title (1907) by W. G. Sumner
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  • There are, therefore, points of view in which money is the most marvelous product of the folkways.

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  • Perhaps "folkways" is not less unfamiliar, but its meaning is more obvious.

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  • All this grows up as a part of the folkways, instinctively, without plan or guidance of intelligent control.

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  • The folkways, at a time, provide for all the needs of life then and there.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • This is the process by which folkways are rendered obsolete.

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  • The errors entered into the folkways, formed a part of them, and were protected by them.

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  • That is the chief way in which folkways are modified or borrowed.

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British Dictionary definitions for folkways

folkways

/ˈfəʊkˌweɪz/
plural noun
1.
(sociol) traditional and customary ways of living
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Word Origin and History for folkways
n.

coined 1907 in book of the same name by U.S. sociologist William Graham Sumner (1840-1910), who also is credited with ethnocentrism, found in the same book.

Folkways are habits of the individual and customs of the society which arise from efforts to satisfy needs. ... Then they become regulative for succeeding generations and take on the character of a social force. [Sumner, "Folkways"]

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