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Cultural Inertia

Cultural inertia is an assumed tendency for cultural traits and culture complexes to persist after they have outlived their usefulness.

Cultural inertia is an assumed tendency for cultural traits and culture complexes to persist after they have outlived their usefulness.

The term is little used in sociology probably because of its possible value bias and because as cultural elements or patterns change their meaning or use,their new meanings and functions may not be obvious.Even if old culture traits persist only for sentimental reasons they cannot be regarded as useless.

In addition culture traits and complexes that persist long past their original uses and meanings do not necessarily simply contribute to stability and stagnation but may sometimes facilitate innovation.Persistant forms devoid of past meanings often combine with other persistant forms and become elements of new  cultrue complexes  with new meanings and functions.

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