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To Change the WorldThe Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity Today$
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James Davison Hunter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199730803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730803.001.0001

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An Alternative View of Culture and Cultural Change in Eleven Propositions

An Alternative View of Culture and Cultural Change in Eleven Propositions

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(p.32) Chapter Four An Alternative View of Culture and Cultural Change in Eleven Propositions
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To Change the World
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James Davison Hunter

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730803.003.0004

Ideas do have consequences in history, yet not because those ideas are inherently truthful or obviously correct but rather because of the ways they are embedded in very powerful institutions, networks, interests, and symbols. Cultures are very resistant to change, but they do change under specific conditions.

Keywords:   normative order, language, narratives, Pierre Bourdieu, habitus, symbolic capital, periphery, elites, networks, Homi Bhabha

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