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Change or Continuity in Cultures?

Robert M. Fishman

in Democratic Practice

Published in print June 2019 | ISBN: 9780190912871
Published online May 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190912918 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780190912871.003.0007

Series: Oxford Studies in Culture and Politics

Change or Continuity in Cultures?

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This chapter poses the large theoretical question of what generates cultural change or continuity, and provides examples of both patterns in the cases examined in the book. The large-scale program of commemorations of Portugal’s Carnation Revolution is treated in depth, taking it as an example of a mechanism providing for cultural continuity in that post-revolutionary polity. Obviously, revolution itself contributed earlier to cultural change in that case. In the Spanish case efforts to promote cultural change during the Zapatero years, in the 15-M movement, and more recently in contemporary politics are taken up. The analysis searches for mechanisms of cultural change but also offers observations on why it is typically difficult for efforts at cultural change to achieve success as broad as that to be found in revolutionary Portugal. Complex combinations of continuity and change are also taken up. Recent developments in both Spain and Portugal are examined.

Keywords: cultural change; commemoration; Tocqueville; Carnation Revolution; Zapatero; 15-M movement; indignados; Spain; Portugal

Chapter.  8588 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology ; Social Movements and Social Change ; Political Sociology

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