Journal title SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE
Author/s Maurizio Bonolis
Publishing Year 2009 Issue 2009/89 Language Italian
Pages 16 P. 5-20 File size 315 KB
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Relevance and Fecundity of the Concept of «Cultural Lags». A note on Ogburn - William F. Ogburn’s theory of «Cultural Lags» has suffered from misinterpretation and simplification in sociological literature. As a consequence it has been considered outdated, notwithstanding the fact that it is a structural interpretation of social change and not, perfunctorily, a description of two «cultures». The author, already conscious of such misinterpretations, presented a brief essay, published two years before his death, on suggestions and more specific hermeneutic statements regarding the theory. These uncover its usefulness as a conceptually versatile instrument, extremely important for the understanding of a series of phenomena that appear deeply rooted to the processes of globalization, with particular reference to dynamics of encounter among different historical and cultural configurations.
Maurizio Bonolis, Fecondità e rilevanza del concetto di "ritardo culturale" Una nota su Ogburn in "SOCIOLOGIA E RICERCA SOCIALE " 89/2009, pp 5-20, DOI: 10.3280/SR2009-089001