Dynamics of Cultural Change

Samuels, Warren J.
November 1991
Society;Nov/Dec91, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the introduction of decision theory in the business school curriculum. Today the question of what is to be taught in the humanities and social science is discussed with precious little reference to or practice of humanistic and social science knowledge. Through the use of insights from the theories of social change, social control and the role of power in social systems, the author will show the present controversy over the canon as an ineluctable facet of the dynamics of cultural change. The canon is substantially European. Modern Western civilization is essentially European and its notions of what constitutes civilization are European. The fundamental conceptions of the humanities and social sciences in the West are mostly Western. This placed Western culture as heterogenous in nature.


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