FRENTES CULTURALES: para una comprensión dialógica de las culturas contemporáneas

December 2001
Estudios Sobre las Culturas Contemporáneas;dic2001, Vol. 7 Issue 14, p9
Academic Journal
This text presents the perspective of Cultural Fronts for the study of the cultural dynamics of complex societies. More than a new concept, this perspective provides a different manner of interrogating and understanding the complex significative dimension of everyday life. The author develops the idea that by means of the perspective Cultural Fronts, that which we consider and live as normal, self-evident, truthful and obvious in whatever place or time, must be understood as a momentary state of a collective and provisional symbolic order. The study of the symbolic dimension of life from the perspective of cultural fronts allows us to know how our most prized and shared representations and our most loved sentiments have been created, and at the same time, opens us up to the possibility of understanding the development and construction of diverse modes and strategies of symbolic convergence and integration. For this purpose, this paper has two large sections. The first explicates the theoretical bases of the approach and the second develops the four perspectives that converge in the methodological perspective of cultural fronts. Finally, we will see that this approach can contribute, through its own process of inquiry, materials and perspectives for working on horizontal networks and on processes of social empowerment.


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