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Cultural Transmission

Cultural transmission is defined as “the process of learning through which the values, standards, norms, etc. of a culture are passed on to succeeding generations” (Reber, 1995, p. 177). Cultural transmission is the knowledge that is learned and transmitted to later generations. This ability to transmit knowledge to other people in writing, conversion of abstract information, and explanations is unique to man and can be passed on through time (Cavalli-Sforza & Feldman, 1981, pp. 3–4). This transmission of information between members of a cultural group occurs during the processes of enculturation and socialization. Cultural transmission can be vertical, oblique, or horizontal. Vertical transmission can be either general enculturation from parents or specific socialization, such as child-rearing practices. Oblique transmission can be enculturation from one's own ...

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