Definition of enculturation in English:


(also inculturation)


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

    • ‘This voice, strongest in the universities, is hostile to America and works against enculturation of its youth in traditional American values.’
    • ‘This is the beginning of a life long enculturation that emphasizes self-denial, collectivism, and interdependence with regard to the family.’
    • ‘Hermeneutically, the contemporary goal is to peel away layers of interpretive enculturation to retrieve and reappropriate the original experience.’
    • ‘Among the psychosocial variables, both enculturation and acculturation did not have any significant effect on the internalizing problems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It might be innate and modularised, learned individually, or acquired through a process of enculturation.’
    • ‘They define themselves through the processes of socialization and enculturation characteristics of their disciplinary areas.’
    • ‘Another important point is the enculturation (a slow absorption of norms and cultural practices) of newcomers.’
    • ‘The other problem was that there was also the transgenerational problem of impoverished ethnicity and incomplete enculturation into the host society.’
    • ‘Music strengthened the relationship between mother and child and contributed to the child's enculturation.’
    • ‘They do not want the enculturation of their children taken completely out of their hands.’
    • ‘It takes years of training, enculturation and sheer will power.’
    1. 1.1 The adaptation of Christian liturgy to a non-Christian cultural background.
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Allen is worried by the alien character of much in the young churches and is concerned that real enculturation has yet to take place.’