Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cultural Diffusionism

by Antonio C. Antonio
February 1, 2015

The Cultural Diffusionism Theory that states that cultural traits are assumed to spread from one culture to another.  Cultural Diffusionism is a theory that certain similar practices, inventions, etc. that exist among different cultures or peoples are solely or primarily the result of diffusion as opposed to independent discovery or development.  It is the belief that changes in one culture are caused by diffusion of ideas from another… especially the more advanced and modern cultures in the west.

“Filipinos dress like Americans… some even wear boots and wear them in sweaty socks because of the heat.  Some even color their hair blonde!... and act western and talk in typical American slang!  Pero pango ring kagaya ko.” (“Environmental-Cultural Terms”, Antonio, 2014, http://antonantonio.blogspot.com/2014/06/environmental-cultural-terms.html)  The evolution of the language commonly referred to as “Taglish” (or a combination of the Tagalog and English languages) is the perfect example of Cultural Diffusionism.

Just my little thoughts…

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