miércoles, 21 de noviembre de 2012

revitalization movements

Wallace had 3 interesting articles relating to revitalization movements
(anthropology for "social movements"):  one on mazeway disintegration, mazeway
resynthesis, and revitalization movements (mazeway being culture at the individual
level).  I'm thinking for it to be a real social movement (sociology for
"revitalization movement"), I'm thinking there usually has to be a leader who
undergoes some deep, profound transformation in thinking, with followers undergoing
similar transformations -- which has to be due to some serious problem in the world
that shakes the foundations of their culture (world view and ethos).  Otherwise I
think it would just a passing fad.  For instance, most modern religions started as
revitalization movements.

(Lynn Vincentnathan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Department of Criminal Justice
University of Texas - Pan American
Edinburg, TX 78539)


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