Definition of enculturation in US English:


(also inculturation)


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

    • ‘It might be innate and modularised, learned individually, or acquired through a process of enculturation.’
    • ‘This voice, strongest in the universities, is hostile to America and works against enculturation of its youth in traditional American values.’
    • ‘They do not want the enculturation of their children taken completely out of their hands.’
    • ‘They define themselves through the processes of socialization and enculturation characteristics of their disciplinary areas.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The other problem was that there was also the transgenerational problem of impoverished ethnicity and incomplete enculturation into the host society.’
    • ‘Another important point is the enculturation (a slow absorption of norms and cultural practices) of newcomers.’
    • ‘It takes years of training, enculturation and sheer will power.’
    • ‘Music strengthened the relationship between mother and child and contributed to the child's enculturation.’
    • ‘Hermeneutically, the contemporary goal is to peel away layers of interpretive enculturation to retrieve and reappropriate the original experience.’
    • ‘Chun points out that the Chinese meaning of education revolves around enculturation and socialisation.’
    • ‘Among the psychosocial variables, both enculturation and acculturation did not have any significant effect on the internalizing problems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is the beginning of a life long enculturation that emphasizes self-denial, collectivism, and interdependence with regard to the family.’
    • ‘It means that inculturation and incarnation of the faith in Africa takes more than nine months.’
    • ‘The students vary with regard to their levels of enculturation, that is, familiarity with the accepted customary beliefs and social norms of the dominant group.’
    1. 1.1 The adaptation of Christian liturgy to a non-Christian cultural background.
      • ‘Movements promoting the inculturation of Anglican worship have also promoted service music in popular and aboriginal styles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Allen is worried by the alien character of much in the young churches and is concerned that real enculturation has yet to take place.’
      • ‘I don't know if the Pope would approve of the slaughter of the cow, although it might be covered under the rubric of ‘the enculturation of the gospel.’’