- 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
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Examples from the Web for folkways
To them, it is possible to embrace that flag as a statement about Southern folkways beyond the ugly racial part.We've Got Bigger Problems Than a Confederate Flag
August 28, 2014
Todd, who wears a goatee, is also deeply knowledgeable about politics and Washington folkways.David Gregory: Dead Head Talking?
July 24, 2014
Van Ronk described how when visiting Asch he would put on his “Folkways suit,” a filthy jacket that smelled of acetone.
Perhaps "folkways" is not less unfamiliar, but its meaning is more obvious.
The folkways, at a time, provide for all the needs of life then and there.
The folkways, therefore, are not creations of human purpose and wit.
The folkways are necessarily "true" with respect to some world philosophy.
This indicates that the folkways are on their way to a new adjustment.
- sociol traditional and customary ways of living
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Word Origin and History for folkways
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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