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Boas, 1937. Social Research 4(3):286-295

Part Two: The Interrelation of Cultures: The Diffusion of Cultural Traits
Franz Boas

Social Research: An International Quarterly

Volume 4, No. 3 (Fall 1937): 286-295

Excerpt: --...In modern society the conditions favorable to cultural contact are ever so much greater than those existing in primitive society. First of all, the numbers of individuals constituting each unit are infinitely larger than those occurring in primitive society, and within each group diffusion occurs with the greatest rapidity. Our schools, the commercial exploitation of inventions, are of such a character that new ideas and new objects are distributed with incredible rapidity. Most of these extend beyond national boundaries because international trade and international communication make it impossible for any idea to be confined to a single nation. On the other hand general, structural attitudes find much greater resistance than in the small tribes because the inertia of the enormous masses of the population is much greater than that of a small tribal group. It is less difficult to introduce a new idea into a well established structure of a small group than to break down th
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