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folkways

[fohk-weyz] /ˈfoʊkˌweɪz/
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.
Origin of folkways
folk + ways; term introduced in a book of the same title (1907) by W. G. Sumner
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  • Perhaps "folkways" is not less unfamiliar, but its meaning is more obvious.

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  • The folkways, at a time, provide for all the needs of life then and there.

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  • The folkways, therefore, are not creations of human purpose and wit.

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  • The folkways are necessarily "true" with respect to some world philosophy.

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  • This indicates that the folkways are on their way to a new adjustment.

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  • The body of the folkways constitutes a societal environment.

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  • This is wise, since nothing nurses discontent like interference with folkways.

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British Dictionary definitions for folkways

folkways

/ˈfəʊkˌweɪz/
plural noun
1.
(sociol) traditional and customary ways of living
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Word Origin and History for folkways
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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