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cultural lag

the hypothesis that social problems and conflicts are due to the failure of social institutions to keep pace with technological change. This hypothesis is based upon the assumption of TECHNOLOGICAL DETERMINISM and is associated with neoevolutionary theories of social change. The term was first used by Ogburn (1964). See also MODERNIZATION, TECHNOLOGY, FUNCTIONALISM, NEOEVOLUTIONISM.
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Inter-sectional part of two 'culture lag' objects reveals the underlying 'culture clash', which I mentioned above.
(1934) "Critical notes on the culture lag concept".
The concept and theory of culture lag draws attention to the fact that institutional adjustment and new forms of social organization must be forthcoming in order for humankind to overcome the current time zone of maladjustment (B).
(1936), "A new classification of culture and restatement of culture lag theory", American Sociological Review, Vol.
As a consequence of the culture lag, champions in academic institutions become familiar with innovations in the nonacademic sector at about that time in the nonacademic sector's Narrative Evolution Stage in which expectations are high and increased levels of adoption are claimed.
unwittingly undermine historical evidence that points to a long and complex history of African Americans' literary interaction." Given the anthropological and cultural association of orality with so-called primitive cultures and literacy with more advanced civilizations, an overemphasis on the oral expressive forms and vernacular culture of African Americans risks supporting racist claims that African-American culture lags developmentally behind mainstream white American culture.
The portrait that Baldwin and Chronister paint of higher education is one of anomie wherein the academic culture lags behind the changes in the academic economy.
As the social structures and actions of the system change, culture lags behind, and the cultural values of the community begin to conflict with the social structure.