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By Ulf Hannerz

A wealthy, witty, and available advent to the anthropology of up to date cultures, Cultural Complexity emphasizes that tradition is prepared by way of states, markets, and activities. Hannerz can pay particular consciousness to the interaction among the centralizing firms of tradition, similar to faculties and media, and the decentering range of subcultures, and considers the precise position of towns because the facilities of cultural growth.Hannerz discusses cultural technique in small-scale societies, the idea that of subcultures, and the economics and politics of tradition. ultimately, he provides the twentieth-century globalization of tradition as a strategy of cultural diffusion, polycentralism, and native innovation, concentrating on classes of in depth cultural productiveness in Vienna, Calcutta, and San Francisco.

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If there is "information overload" and "information anxiety," it is to a great extent because people cannot confidently enough manage the re­ lationship between the entire cultural inventory and their reason­ able personal share in it. When at times information appears "meaningless," it may again be that this information is somebody else's meaning. We often think of meaning, in a more restricted sense, as qualitatively superior information—well contextualized, relating to personal experience, perhaps thus to a wider range of senses and symbol systems.

Some of that must certainly come from the sources just referred to. But taking the point of view toward culture that I do, it seems to me arguable that w e can benefit from a wider range of interlocutors in conversations across discipline boundaries: in media studies, in sociologies of knowledge and of culture, in the economics of knowledge production and distribu­ tion, in studies of professions and organizations, in information science. Such openings will also become apparent in what fol­ lows.

Consociates are the people we can interact with di­ rectly in face-to-face relationships, the people with w h o m we share time and space; they predominate in small-scale societies but are surely everywhere else as well. Contemporaries are people w h o m we are aware of as living at the same time, about w h o m we make assumptions and w h o m we may influence in some ways, although we never meet in person. Our predecessors we cannot influence, but we may be aware of and be influenced by their actions.

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