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Prologue: Beginning with Tradition

Simon J. Bronner

in Explaining Traditions

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134062
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135885 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134062.003.0001
Prologue: Beginning with Tradition

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The introduction points out the censure of tradition by intelligentsia since the European Enlightenment as a hindrance to progress and reason. Despite these pronouncements, tradition is still valued in modern life; the prologue argues that this constancy of, and interaction with, modernity can be explained by its reference to precedence, social connection, and consecutiveness. Citing practice theory, the introduction sets out the argument that tradition is enacted as strategies of maintaining social identities, communicating symbols and values, and projecting anxieties and conflicts.

Keywords: tradition; Enlightenment; practice theory; symbolist approaches; rationalist approaches; modernity

Chapter.  4864 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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