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Williams's term for one of three categories of cultural forms or codes that coexist within a society at any particular moment in history, the residual form reflecting previously dominant cultural institutions, traditions, styles, movements, social forces, values, practices, and identities that are in decline and have lost their cultural legitimacy, but which, unlike archaic forms, still persist. Residual cultures express enduring structures of feeling that have come to be neglected, ignored, marginalized, denied, opposed, or repressed by the dominant culture. See also cultural materialism; dominant forms; emergent forms.

Subjects: Media Studies.


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