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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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Culture lag, in a way, aggravates rough intellectual property protection situation.
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).
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.
Culture lags behind the technology so that even BBC staples, such as The Archers and Match of the Day are not threatened by the brave new world of digital media.