- 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 folkway
- sociol traditional and customary ways of living
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Word Origin and History for folkway
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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