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Tradition - Edward Shils

Paperback Published: 1st May 2006
ISBN: 9780226753263
Number Of Pages: 288

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"Tradition," by esteemed sociologist Edward Shils, was the first book to fully explore the history, significance, and future of tradition as a whole. Intent on questioning the meaning of the antitraditionalist impulse in today's society, Shils argues here that the tendency to distrust and rebel against tradition is at the heart of tradition itself; only through suspicion and defiance does tradition actually move forward. Revealing the importance of tradition to social and political institutions, technology, science, literature, religion, and scholarship, "Tradition "remains the definitive work on this vital element of our society.
"Shils is a man of fabled learning, whose mind purrs powerfully like the moth at dusk. I hesitate to use the word "conservative" of him because it misses the central concern of his work, which is not conservatism, but the conservation of those human resources and achievements which are richest, and matter most."--David A. Martin, "Times Literary Supplement
"""Tradition" is the first comprehensive treatment of the subject that encompasses the totality of tradition in all its multifaceted variables and functions. . . . It is a landmark analytical and theoretical sociological study that not only fills a need but also provides a basic model and impetus for further research."--H. Leon Abrams Jr., " Sociology
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"Shils is a man of fabled learning, whose mind purrs powerfully like the moth at dusk. I hesitate to use the word conservative of him because it misses the central concern of his work, which is not conservatism, but the conservation of those human resources and achievements which are richest, and matter most." - David A. Martin, Times Literary Supplement "Tradition is the first comprehensive treatment of the subject that encompasses the totality of tradition in all its multifaceted variables and functions....It is a landmark analytical and theoretical sociological study that not only fills a need but also provides a basic model and impetus for further research." - H. Leon Abrams Jr., Sociology "Shils tries to explore not this or that tradition, but the role in human societies of tradition as such - in the very wide sense of everything that is traditum, handed down, from one generation to another....Shils merits appreciation for having restated, with much learning and considerable eloquence, the sheer indispensability of tradition to human society." - Peter L. Berger, New York Times Book Review"

ISBN: 9780226753263
ISBN-10: 0226753263
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st May 2006
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 18.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42

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