The Invention of Tradition - Chapter 1, Introduction, Inventing Traditions Summary & Analysis

Eric Hobsawm and Terence Ranger
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Chapter 1, Introduction, Inventing Traditions Summary and Analysis

In Chapter 1, author Eric Hobsbawm, analyzes his concept of 'invented tradition' which includes those traditions invented, constructed, and formally instituted which are tied to false histories and have contemporary origins. The overtly or tacitly accepted rules that make up a tradition have a ritual or symbolic nature that imbue certain values and norms through repetition and try to establish continuity with the past. Yet this continuity is fictitious. The apparent continuity is produced in the human mind by repetition of ritual.

Hobsbawm distinguishes traditions from customs. Traditions imply invariance, whereas customs allow more fluctuation. Traditions are also distinct from routines; routines have no ritual or symbolic function of significance. These routines, while invented, have a technical rather than ideological function; thus, they are not invented traditions. Inventing of tradition involves formalization and ritualization with reference...

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