Tradition and modernity

Tradition and modernity 

Irreversible decline in the role of tradition.  Moreover, traditions themselves were transformed as the symbolic content of tradition was increasingly inscribed in new media of communication. 

In this respect, tradition is not a normative guide for action but rather an interpretative scheme, a framework for understanding the world. 

tradition is a belief or behavior passed down within a group or society with symbolic meaning or special significance with origins in the past (WIKI)

Number of factors can exacerbate the loss of tradition, including industrialization, globalization, and the assimilation or marginalization of specific cultural groups. In response to this, tradition-preservation attempts have now been started in many countries around the world, focusing on aspects such as traditional languages. Tradition is usually contrasted with the goal of modernity and should be differentiated from customs, conventions, laws, norms, routines, rules and similar concepts.

Exposure to the media also affects the ways in which individuals relate to power of authority. 

Tradition and modernity 

Question trident in terms of past and today.

Abortion? Gay Mariage? 

(be careful with the terms as social scientists)  Critically understand the process of construction.  Role of media is fundamental. 

Traditions and modernity debate – obstacle to  democracy 

The role of Media? Can we underestimate it? 

Transformation not necessarily a transition. 

Media is a tool for gathering information an empathy for other worlds – raises questions

Depersonalization – informed by the Media. 

4 ways of media plays a role on the transformation from traditional society to modern society. 

4 aspects of tradition

h (biblical work)

Normality aspect

Legitimacy aspect – based on the leadership

Identity aspect – self/collective


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