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1. A culturally conservative conception of what everyone within a culture ought to know (particularly about that culture), typically including a knowledge of canonical works of high culture (see canon) and historical events associated with national identity (Hirsch).

2. (cultural knowledge) Knowledge that is widely shared and typically assumed to be universally known within a culture, and upon which a great deal of communication depends. This includes social schemata, or knowledge of social codes, and the recognition of ‘*iconic’ images. See also conversational currency; folk psychology; imagined community; social knowledge.

Subjects: Media Studies.

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