Sunday, February 12, 2012

Modernizing Stypes of Life: A Theory

While reading Modernizing Styles of Life: A Theory, by Daniel Lerner documents ways in which the modern social life is seemingly displacing the ancient regime of tradition in the Middle East. Lerner describes the struggle Middle Easters face to retain their traditions and values while transitioning into the modern world. On page 432, a young bureaucrat Iran boy said, “The movies are like a teacher to us, who tells us what to do and what not.” This statement made me concerned and enthused at the same time. I’m concerned because I hope people do not always take the movies as being “reality.” And I was enthused because Lerner goes on to say that mobility can open doors and shift values. What are your thoughts on this subject?  

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