Remarks Toward a Theory of Social Revolution

Benjamin Harshav

in Language in Time of Revolution

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 1993 | ISBN: 9780520079588
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912960 | DOI:
Remarks Toward a Theory of Social Revolution

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An explanation of the revival of the Hebrew language allows one to draw some fundamental conclusions about the processes of change initiated in society. The transformation of an idea into the reality of social life is like the transition from a line to a three-dimensional sphere. An idea is a logical, linear content, formulated in language. Its realization, however, fills the multidimensional texture of the entire society. In such a transition, one can distinguish four stages: formulation, rhetoric, realization, acceptance. In the formulation of the idea, various arguments and schools of thought take part, resulting in a gradual clarification and development of the idea. Rhetoric is the ensemble of arguments, models, propaganda, and emotional influences on the public. Personal realization, like that of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, is a change in the life of the individual for the sake of implementing the idea.

Keywords: revival; Hebrew; language; formulation; rhetoric; realization; acceptance

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Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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