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Explaining TraditionsFolk Behavior in Modern Culture$
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Simon J. Bronner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134062

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134062.001.0001

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Prologue: Beginning with Tradition

Prologue: Beginning with Tradition

(p.1) Prologue: Beginning with Tradition
Explaining Traditions

Simon J. Bronner

University Press of Kentucky

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

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