Tradition and Modernity: Misplaced Polarities in the Study of Social Change

  title={Tradition and Modernity: Misplaced Polarities in the Study of Social Change},
  author={J. Gusfield},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={351 - 362}
  • J. Gusfield
  • Published 1967
  • Medicine, Sociology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • "Tradition" and "modernity" are widely used as polar opposites in a linear theory of social change. This theory is examined in the light of Indian and other materials on development. Seven fallacies in this contrast usage are presented. It is incorrect to view traditional societies as static, normatively consist, or structurally homogeneous. The relations between the traditional and the modern do not necessarily involve idsplacement, conflict, or exclusiveness. Modernity does not necessarily… CONTINUE READING
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