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By Bennett M. Berger

The results of 35 years of proposal and study on tradition via the best and such a lot literate writers in sociology, this wide-ranging assessment of the which means and learn of tradition is Bennett Berger at his most sensible. Drawing on his unsurpassed wisdom of the scholarly literature and on his wealth of non-public event, Berger reports and synthesizes fresh paintings in cultural sociology from a materialist point of view. His essay culminates in a choice for an empirical learn software desirous about the relation among symbolic offerings and social destinations, instead of on interpretive debts of the meanings of texts or performances.

Among his strange insights are a safety of reductionism, sympathetic bills of "peer strain" and "special interests," an try and fix a few dignity to the be aware "ideology," and a clean standpoint on "conspiracy theory."

Scholars and scholars of tradition alike will locate the following beautiful discussions and theoretical insights on ideological paintings, morality and tradition, and at the family among social constitution and cultural structure.

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