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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It might be innate and modularised, learned individually, or acquired through a process of enculturation.’
    • ‘The other problem was that there was also the transgenerational problem of impoverished ethnicity and incomplete enculturation into the host society.’
    • ‘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 takes years of training, enculturation and sheer will power.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This voice, strongest in the universities, is hostile to America and works against enculturation of its youth in traditional American values.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is the beginning of a life long enculturation that emphasizes self-denial, collectivism, and interdependence with regard to the family.’
    1. 1.1The 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.’



/enˌkəlCHəˈrāSHən/ /ɛnˌkəltʃəˈreɪʃən/