dominant culture

Whereas traditional societies can be characterized by a high consistency of cultural traits and customs , modern societies are often a conglomeration of different, often competing, cultures and subcultures . In such a situation of diversity, a dominant culture is one that is able, through economic or political power, to impose its values, language, and ways of behaving on a subordinate culture or cultures. This may be achieved through legal or political suppression of other sets of values and patterns of behaviour, or by monopolizing the media of communication.

Dictionary of sociology. 2013.

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