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Cultural swap and endurance addresses the complicated problem of pursuing improvement whereas safeguarding adored features of deeply-rooted cultural practices and ideology. via situations from a number of global areas, the authors take on the thorny challenge of ways to outline and determine cultural facets helpful of patience. They rfile how leaders and activists use tradition to form improvement and vice versa, with examples starting from using historic understandings to advertise or critique monetary improvement recommendations, to efforts to change cultural practices with the intention to hinder their decline. The circumstances offer penetrating insights into powerful thoughts for pursuing either cultural integrity and development.  

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If a ceremonial dance is abandoned because missionaries condemn it as primitive, lewd, or irreligious, the dancers may lose status, while those engaging in substituted ceremonies stand to gain. Some forms of art come into vogue, while others decline in popularity. Language use evolves; a local language or dialect that had been useful and respected may lose currency, reducing the coping capacity of those most comfortable using it. If the language of conducting official government business changes, career opportunities change.

Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time (Boston: Beacon Press, 1944): 46. 14. Clifford Geertz, Available Light: Anthropological Reflections on Philosophical Topics (Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univ. Press, 2000), 250. 15.  . ” See Larry Hickman and Thomas M. , The Essential Dewey, Volume 1: Pragmatism, Education, Democracy (Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press, 1999), 48. 16. Mair quoted in Bronislaw Malinowski, The Dynamics of Culture Change (New Haven, CT: Yale Univ.

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-02 18 l William Ascher and John M. Heffron C. ” We have seen in other chapters of this volume how nation-building can serve variously to incorporate (as in the case of the United States and Russia) or to transcend (as in the case of China and India) the centrifugal pull of local and regional traditions. In either case, national identities are constructed most often from above, by officials of the state eager to create or revive cultural icons that inspire national unity and patriotism.

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