Abstract: This contribution is a theoretical reflection on the social change that is affecting the whole of society. To analyze change, we will discuss the standpoint of several scholars starting with Durkheim, who, in defending “decadence”, observes that “common consciousness most likely progresses less than individual consciousness” and that “the collective type is less strong than the individual”. Change runs the risk of being considered as “decadence” because it alters the status quo, that is, what we are used to.
Keywords: Social change; tradition; Public sphere; generation; decadence/ progress; common consciousness; pammixia; modernization; conformism; democratic politics.
To cite the article: TESSAROLO, Mariselda. “Social change: How ‘tradition’ renews itself through the experience of dialogue in the public sphere”. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies and Environmental Communication 1.1 (2014): 20-30.