By Caroline Andrew, Monica Gattinger, M. Sharon Jeannotte, Will Straw
Accounting for tradition is a distinct number of essays from prime Canadian and foreign students that severely examines cultural citizenship, cultural signs, and governance within the context of evolving cultural practices and cultural policy-making. it is going to be of significant curiosity to students of cultural coverage, communications, cultural experiences, and public management alike.
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It takes time to build and diversify culture (H). Furthermore, if all society has is culture (H) as a resource, it is limited to reproducing it as is. The result is a very static society with an unchanging culture (H) (or one that adapts too slowly to cope usefully with outside cultural intrusions). Culture needs a relatively nimble mechanism for adaptation if it is to sustain itself. Cultural adaptation can come from three sources. First, obviously, cultural flows from outside bringing new information, new interpretations, and new world views.
To avoid this possibility, a nation will ensure that it has production capacity for strategic goods under its own control. Typical strategic goods are armaments and high technology products, and mineral resources such as oil and specialized metals. Categorizing- a good or resource this way is a justification for protecting its production with subsidies, exempting it from trade agreements, or banning its export outright. Whether the concept of a strategic good is still valid in this day and age, most countries nevertheless have regulations dealing with strategic goods.
Society's artists and creators actively seek to understand and articulate the new, the strange and the menacing that confront us. In fact, they may even be its advocates. They experiment with meaning, and if we (or at least our teachers) pay attention to the arts, we will be influenced by them. If they are our own arts, created by artists who are working within our own cultural ambiance, the new tools and resources they develop will be easier for us to appropriate than the new information from outside, because, even though they are themselves new information, they arise out of a tradition we all share in common.