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Advocating the theory of the dissemination of elements of culture to another region or people.‘the rural sociological literature of the diffusionist school’
- ‘It implied a diffusionist view of history whereby high civilization was brought from the Fertile Crescent and then made its way down to the Lower Nile Valley by white or near-whites of the Caucasian family.’
- ‘In the same year, the Englishman William Rivers discarded evolutionism in favour of diffusionist theories to explain the historical spread of customs and belief systems.’
- ‘Nonetheless, conceptions of Australian science have largely remained bound by the top-down perspective assumed by the diffusionist model.’
- ‘Unfortunately, the lack of such ethnography has not stopped scholars from attempting to explain away divination by placing it within evolutionist, diffusionist, ecological, or functionalist theories.’
- ‘Her theories are reminiscent of the diffusionist theories that argue that Native Americans were descended from the lost tribes of Israel, the Welsh, the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, and/or the Chinese.’
An advocate of the theory of the dissemination of elements of culture to another region or people.
- ‘He was a ‘diffusionist’, and through his studies he attempted to illustrate how and why similar games appear in different cultures.’
- ‘He was a diffusionist, plain and simple.’
- ‘Imaginative diffusionists used such similarities to speculate on the origins of the Maya.’
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