The Continual Reconstruction of Multiple Modern Civilizations and Collective Identities

  • Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 9)


The starting point of this analysis is the recognition that the major patterns of social interaction and social structure which crystallize in any population are always structured on multiple levels, in different arenas of social and cultural activities, in different contexts of action and they also tend to exhibit systemic tendencies.


Historical Experience Collective Identity Cultural Programme Semiotic Mediation Institutional Solution 
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