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Synonyms for diffusion

Synonyms for diffusion

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Synonyms for diffusion

(physics) the process in which there is movement of a substance from an area of high concentration of that substance to an area of lower concentration

the spread of social institutions (and myths and skills) from one society to another

the property of being diffused or dispersed

the act of dispersing or diffusing something

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This approach was limited by its narrow conceptual framework--an either/or choice between diffusionism and evolutionism.
retired) examines methods and theory in anthropology with more depth than traditional graduate textbooks, providing students with a distinctly philosophical approach to such topics as functionalism, structuralism, diffusionism, marriage and broad concepts of human nature.
These discourses operate within the globally sanctioned ideology of what James Blaut would call European diffusionism, namely the idea that "the economic and social modernization of Europe is fundamentally a result of Europe's internal qualities, not of interaction with the societies of Africa, Asia, and America after 1492" (1993: 2).
In fact, Claude Levi-Strauss is trying to strip ethnology, or social and cultural anthropology, of the ambiguous relations it maintains, by his account, with history through evolutionism, diffusionism, and functionalism (Levi-Strauss 1958: 9-39).
Qualitative research methodologies are usually applied within a domestication approach, while other approaches such as diffusionism tend to prefer quantitative methods (e.
Blaut, The Colonizer's Model of the World: Geographical Diffusionism and and Eurocentric History (New York 1993); Andre Gunter Frank, Re-Orient: Global Economy in the Asian Age (Berkeley, 1998) for spirited attacks on Eurocentric perspectives.
Rome, which benefited from Greek cultural diffusionism, was hardly representative of Europe at that time.
10) proposes diffusionism as the `supertheory' to explain the nature of Eurocentrism incorporated in smaller theories of history, geography, psychology, sociology and philosophy.
Blaut has called eurocentric diffusionism, that is, a system of ideas based on the assumption that the world has an Inside and an Outside, and that world history is basically the history of the Inside.