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Cultural Transmission -- Research Starters Sociology

By: McMahon, Maureen;

2009 / EBSCO


Cultural transmission is the transference of information (beliefs, behaviors, and history) from one individual or group of people to another. There are three types of cultural transmission. Vertical transmission occurs between parents and their children. Horizontal transmission happens when people within the same generation pass on cultural information to each other. Oblique transmission occurs between generations of people who are not related. Cultural transmission can happen in a variety of settings whether or not the act of transferring culture is the goal. The transmission of religion, smoking, punishment, and social information through gossip are discussed here.