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Folk Pop Culture

APHG Folk and Pop Culture

TermDefinition
Vernacular Regions A perceptual region defined by perceived unique physical and cultural characteristics in that area.
Toponymy The names different cultures give to various features of the earth including settlements, terrain features, steams, and other land features.
Syncretism The development of a new cultural trait as a result of the fusion of two distinct but interacting cultures.
Sense of Place Term used to connote attachment to and comfort in a particular place. Typically individuals have strongest sense of place attached to where they rew up, which is manifested by loyalty to sports teams and other items or people associated with "home".
Possiblism In possibility, different environmental conditions offer both restraints and opportunities to people living in various regions.
Placeslessness Loss of distinct local features in favor of standardized landscapes. Happens as a result of pervasiveness of pop culture and mass production and availability of a wide variety of consumables.
Popular "Pop" Culture Conveys a notion of cultural productions fueled by mass media and consumerism. Included visual and performing arts, culinary arts, architecture and city planning, music, fashion, sports leisure activities and other forms of entertainment.
Folk Culture Refers to cultural practices that form the sights, smells, sounds, and rituals of everyday existence in traditional societies in which they developed. Usually rural, with strong family ties and strong interpersonal relationships.
Environmental Determinism Cultural traits are formed and controlled by environmental conditions. Certain types of people, who come from cultures that arose in certain physical environments, may be smarter, more attractive, or more able to govern themselves as a result.
Diffusion Process by which an idea or innovation is transmitted from one individual or group across space. Relocation diffusion involves spacial spreading as a result of physical movement to a new place.
Cultural imperialism Dominance of one culture over another. Historically, often occurred as a result of colonization. Occurs in present day as pop culture, which is so easily diffused across national boundaries; causes local traditions to either die or become commercialized
Cultural traits Specific customs that are part of everyday life, including language, religion, ethnicity, and social institutions. All have hearth, or place of origin.
Culture Derives from the Latin cultus, meaning "to care about." Dates back to Enlightenment, when culture referred to a variety of human endeavors, such as agriculture.
Cultural assimilation When integration of new arrivals into the economic and cultural mainstream of a host society is complete.
When integration of new arrivals into the economirticAc and cultural mainstream of a host society is complete. Behavioral assimilation is essentially acculturation; integration into a common cultural life through language, intermarriage, and shared exper
Acculturation Refers to adoption of cultural traits by one group under the influence of another. May occur as a result of immigration, when immigrant populations take on the values, customs, and other cultual traits of a receiving society
Artifacts Comprise technological subsystem of culture; consisting of material objects necessary for meeting basic needs such as tools.
Mentifacts Comprise the ideological subsystem of culture; including ideas, beliefs, and knowledge, and how these things are communicated.
Sociofacts Comprise the sociological subsystem of culture; including the expected and accepted patterns of interpersonal relations within a a people or group
Built Environment Refers to spaces that have been modified by human activity. Includes houses an other structures that human activity takes place in, but also includes reservoirs, parks, dams and other facilities that reflect human-induced change in the landscape.
Architectural Structure The style of a particular culture or society's buildings, which varies dramatically over space and time. Example, sacred buildings or houses of worship, thorough their form and structure.
Created by: mlwhittier