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Characteristics of Folkways

Spontaneous Origin Folkways arise spontaneously. They are not deliberately planned or designed. They are developed out of experience. They are unplanned and uncharted.

Approved behavior- Folkways are the recognized ways of behavior. The group accords recognition to certain way while rejects others. Only such ways of behavior are folkways as have been approved by the group to which they relate.

Distinctiveness- There is numerous folkways in different societies .the folkways become related to a particular group. There is considerable variation in the folkways between groups.

Hereditary- Folkways are passed on from one generation to another. An individual receives folkways from his ancestors.