Definition of inculturation in English:


(also enculturation)


  • 1[mass noun] The gradual acquisition of the characteristics and norms of a culture or group by a person, another culture, etc.

    • ‘This is no clearer than the relation of individuals to their institutions of education, where the processes of enculturation are brought to bear to help form students into members of their community, such as Harvard man, etc.’
    • ‘Chun points out that the Chinese meaning of education revolves around enculturation and socialisation.’
    • ‘This voice, strongest in the universities, is hostile to America and works against enculturation of its youth in traditional American values.’
    • ‘The authors argue that this reflexive enculturation makes possible not only participation in common meanings and expressions but also in our ‘linguacultural practices’ occasional or particular meanings.’
    • ‘It means that inculturation and incarnation of the faith in Africa takes more than nine months.’
    1. 1.1The adaptation of Christian liturgy to a non-Christian cultural background.
      • ‘Allen is worried by the alien character of much in the young churches and is concerned that real enculturation has yet to take place.’
      • ‘The latter, while famously devoted to the Eucharist, was relatively indifferent to liturgical matters and surprisingly open to inculturation.’
      • ‘As we go on to examine some of the issues facing the Anglican Communion, namely inculturation of the Gospel and human sexuality, we will use the model of persuasion as a basis for considering approaches to those issues.’
      • ‘In the Roman Catholic Church, increased lay participation required the abandonment of Latin for vernacular languages and, in both Catholicism and Protestantism, a concern for inculturation of the liturgy.’
      • ‘Movements promoting the inculturation of Anglican worship have also promoted service music in popular and aboriginal styles.’