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Bernard Bel, Jan Brouwer, Biswajit Das, Vibodh Parthasarathi & Guy Poitevin

In: Communication, Culture and Confrontation

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Introduction
Introduction
BernardBelJanBrouwerBiswajitDasVibodhParthasarathiGuyPoitevin

Three sets of opposite concepts modulate the testimonies and studies presented in this part: ‘tradition’ versus ‘modernity’, ‘medium’ versus ‘use’ and ‘form’ versus ‘process’. They will help us to articulate elements of a conceptual framework adequate to meet the central query that we wish to clarify, namely, the contours of creativity with regard to cultural forms of symbolic communication in the context of conditions and constraints particular to various environments. These three sets are analogous by their origin and function to other misleading dichotomies that we eschewed in the previous contributions of this book.

Tradition and modernity are opposed and mutually exclusive for reasons that vary according those who propound them in order to give grounds to vested interests. Their dichotomy is analogous to that ...

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