Vernacular culture

Vernacular culture is the cultural forms made and organised by ordinary, often indigenous people, as distinct from the high culture of an elite.[1] One feature of vernacular culture is that it is informal.[2] Such culture is generally engaged in on a non-profit and voluntary basis, and is almost never funded by the state

The term is used in the modern study of geography and cultural studies. It generally implies a cultural form that differs markedly from a deeply rooted folk culture, and also from tightly organised subcultures and religious cultures.


One could also include the design of home-made vernacular signage and notices

Some of these activities, such as gardens, family albums, and grave memorials, will be organized on a family basis. Larger activities are usually organized through informal variations of the British committee system, consisting of a chairman, secretary, treasurer, agenda, minutes, and an annual meeting with elections based on a quorum.

See also


  1. Douillet, Catherine (Summer 2008). "Constructing Vernacular Culture in the Trans-Caribbean (review)". Anthropological Quarterly. 81 (3): 741–746. doi:10.1353/anq.0.0025. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  2. Chen, Lee Ban. "Vernacular Education System and the Left (Part 1)". Critical Thinking Circle. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
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