Provincialism is an unsophisticated, small-town way of life. City dwellers commonly accuse those who live in the country of narrow-minded provincialism.

Talking about someone's provincialism is fairly derogatory and critical — the word implies a view of the world that is very small and cut off from the wider world. You're most likely to be seen as having this trait if you're from the suburbs or a rural area. Many people start life with a bit of provincialism, becoming more sophisticated and knowledgable about the world as they grow older and gain experience.

Definitions of provincialism
  1. noun
    a lack of sophistication
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    type of:
    insularity, narrow-mindedness, narrowness
    an inclination to criticize opposing opinions or shocking behavior
  2. noun
    a partiality for some particular place
    synonyms: localism, sectionalism
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    type of:
    partiality, partisanship
    an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
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