A REFORMULATION OF THE CONCEPT OF TRADITION

@article{Scares1997ARO,
  title={A REFORMULATION OF THE CONCEPT OF TRADITION},
  author={Joseph A. Scares},
  journal={International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy},
  year={1997},
  volume={17},
  pages={6-21}
}
  • Joseph A. Scares
  • Published 1997
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy
This paper addresses the status of the concept of tradition in social theory. Tradition, precisely defined, should be one of the ways sociologists understand the logic of social action, group identity, and collective memory (Coser 1992; Connerton 1989). To date, however, most social scientists are either dismissive or indiscriminate in their use of the notion. Those who disapprove of the concept tend to “treat tradition as a residual category”’ (Shils 1981 p. 8) or they see it as a type of… Expand
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