By Prof. Dr. Ann Rigney, Prof. Dr. Douwe W. Fokkema
Tradition is studied during this assortment, now not basically as a collection of goods, yet by way of the involvement of people and teams within the making and utilizing of such items. a variety of actions, from the analyzing and writing of poetry to staring at football on tv, is surveyed by means of a global crew of students from diversified disciplines: cultural historical past, literary reviews, sociology. themes contain the social distribution of cultural actions, populism and elitism in sleek aesthetics, the character of cultural competence and the channels in which it truly is obtained, the effect of digital media on conventional modes of culturalinvolvement, the function of public associations resembling church buildings, colleges, and libraries in stimulating participation, and the connection among cultural participation and socialization.
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God should be served in all aspects of human life: arts and humanities, economics, business, science, and especially, of course, in public worship. In this, Calvinists differed for instance from the Anabaptists, another Reformational denomination, who tried to steer clear of the world and its temptations, and were less interested therefore in culture, at least in the seventeenth century. This Calvinist particularity, of course, has far-reaching consequences for the subject of cultural participation.
It does not point up a relevant difference or otherness or some over-and-done-with quality of the past but rather, when properly interpreted, the past is shown to be imitable and repeatable. This approach to the past is alive and well amongst certain political scientists whose positivism has led them, with enormous cultural insensitivity, to universal laws of behavior to the cost of societies that are different from their own. And did Machiavelli find his man of virtu, the ideal and ruthless prince, in the past?
A story like this sounds unbelievable, but on the other hand, more testimonies are to be found of theological knowhow in lower-class communities. Udemans might overdo it a bit here, but his Zierikzee public would certainly know if this whole story had no basis at all in reality. A book like this can, of course, be interpreted in several ways and it certainly would be naive not to take into account the interest the East- and West India Companies would have in sailors behaving themselves and abstaining from drunkenness and hooliganism.
Cultural Participation: Trends since the Middle Ages by Prof. Dr. Ann Rigney, Prof. Dr. Douwe W. Fokkema