folkways


[ad_1] plural noun Sociology.
  1. the ways of living, thinking, and acting in a human group, built up without conscious design but serving as compelling guides of conduct.

pl n

  1. sociol traditional and customary ways of living
n.

coined 1907 in book of the same name by U.S. sociologist William Graham Sumner (1840-1910), who also is credited with ethnocentrism, found in the same book.

Folkways are habits of the individual and customs of the society which arise from efforts to satisfy needs. … Then they become regulative for succeeding generations and take on the character of a social force. [Sumner, “Folkways”]

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