cultural lag

A concept and theory developed by William F. Ogburn as part of a wider theory of technological evolutionism . It suggests that there is a gap between the technical development of a society and its moral and legal institutions. The failure of the latter to keep pace with the former is said, in certain societies, to explain (at least some) social conflict and problems.

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  • Cultural lag — cultural lag …   Dictionary of sociology

  • Cultural Lag —   [ kʌltʃərəl læg; englisch »kulturelles Zurückbleiben«] das, / s, Soziologie: kulturelle Verspätung beziehungsweise Phasenverschiebung; von W. F. Ogburn (»Social change«, 1922) geprägte Bezeichnung für das von ihm erkannte krisenhafte Phänomen… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • cultural lag — or culture lag n. the failure of one aspect of a cultural complex to keep pace with the changes in some other related aspect, as the failure of social institutions to keep pace with the rapid advances in science …   English World dictionary

  • Cultural lag — The term cultural lag refers to the notion that culture takes time to catch up with technological innovations, and that social problems and conflicts are caused by this lag. Subsequently, cultural lag does not only apply to this idea only, but… …   Wikipedia

  • cultural lag — noun : a relatively slower advance or change of one aspect of a culture; especially : the slower development of nonmaterial as contrasted with material or technological culture traits * * * Sociol. slowness in the rate of change of one part of a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cultural Lag — Cul|tu|ral Lag [ kʌltʃərəl læg] das; , s <aus engl. cultural lag, eigtl. »kulturelle Lücke«> verspätete soziokulturelle Anpassung von Personen[gruppen] an die vom technischen Fortschritt gesteuerte Entwicklung (Soziol.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • cultural lag — Sociol. 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 …   Universalium

  • Cultural jet lag — Contents 1 Origin and definition 2 Who is affected by cultural jet lag? 3 Symptoms and characteristics 4 Particularity of CJL vs. other common …   Wikipedia

  • lag — I n. 1) a cultural; time lag 2) jet lag II v. (D; intr.) to lag behind; in (she lagged behind the others) * * * [læg] time lag in (she lagged behind the others) (D; intr.) to lag behind a cultural jet lag …   Combinatory dictionary

  • CULTURAL LIFE — Introduction The movement for the return to Zion which emerged as a force at the end of the 19th century was based on a variety of motivations, including the political – the demand for an independent homeland where the Jews could forge their own… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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