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Author

Sumner, William Graham

Title

Folkways

Sub-Title

Publisher

 

Ginn and Company

Year

1906

City

Boston

Edition

Scanned

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Cleaned

Deluxe

2nd printing

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Description

This classic work of sociological study of the development of is an important contribution to our knowledge of what drives the evolution of human society. The author writes "that the folkways are habits of the individual and customs of the society which arise from efforts to satisfy needs; they are intertwined with goblinism and demonism and primitive notions of luck, and so they win traditional authority. Then they become regulative for succeeding generations and take on the character of a social force. They arise no one knows whence or how. They grow as if by the play of internal life energy. They can be modified , but only to a limited extent, by the purposeful efforts of men. In time they lose power, decline, and die, or are transformed. While they are in vigor they very largely controal individual and social undertakings, and they produce and nourish ideas of world philosophy and life policy. Yet they are not organic or material. They belong to a superorganic system of relations, conventions, and institutional arrangements. The study of them is called for by their social character, by virtue of which they are leading factors in the science of society."

In writing about the ancient practice of "sacred prostitution" the author writes that "It is our custom to think out the consistency of all our doctrines and usages. It is certain that ancient people did not do that, just as the masses now do not."

While the quote mentioned above was written in 1906, it is as true today (2012) as it was in 1906 and as it was in ancient times.

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