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O. N. Volkostrelov, A. Ya. Flier. Culture is a program of group adaptive behavior of people. Interview

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G. V. Drach. On cultural variability and social dynamics (referring to the works of A. Ya. Flier)

A.V. Kostina. A. Ya. Flier's concept of culture and its role in the development of Russian cultural studies




V. M. Rozin. From the culture of modernity to the "post-culture"

N. A. Khrenov. Between america and china: the concept of the "other" in the formation and transformation of russia's civilizational identity (beginning)



HIGH ART IN a CULTURE of MODERNITY (E. N. Shapinskaya’s Sectoin)

E. N. Shapinskaya. "Ah, it's not hard to deceive me..." Love games in cyberspace


N. A. Khrenov. Culture and historical memory (beginning)

A. Ya. Flier. Power and culture: self-organization of society according to the model of vertical hierarchy

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Flier Andrey Yakovlevich 
Doctor of Philosophy, Professor,
Chief Research Worker 
of Lykhachev Russian Research Institute 
for Cultural and Natural Heritage
Culture as Meanings ‘Factory’:
Historical Dynamics
Abstract: This article examines historical evolution of culture as a functional system forming new essential meanings of human existence. The analysis of this development shows that such meanings are specific of each era and are born when public consciousness learns the complexity of the world and starts to search explanations of this complexity.
Key words: cultural meanings, worldview, the complexity of social reality, explanatory models.
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[4] See: Morgan, Lewis-Henri. Ancient society or researches in the lines of human progress from savagery, through barbarism to civilization. N.Y.: Published by Henry Holt and Company, 1877
[5] Malinowski, Bronisław Kasper. The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia: An Ethnographic Account of Courtship, Marriage and Family Life Among the Natives of the Trobriand Islands, British New Guinea. With a Preface by Havelock Ellis. London: George Routledge, 1929.
 [6] Mansuelli, Guido. La civilisations de l’Europe ancienne (avec la collaboration de Raymond Bloch). Paris: Arthaud, 1967.
[7] Leroi-Gourhan, André. Le géste et la parole, 2 vols. Paris: Albin Michel, 1964-1965.
[8] Lévi-Strauss, Сlaude. Mythologiques T. III. L'Origine des manières de table. Paris: Plon, 1968.
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[10] Tokarev S.A., Meletinskii E.M. Mythology // Myths of Nations of the World. Encyclopedia in 2 vol. V. 2. M.: Science, 1988.
[11] Tokarev S.A., Meletinskii E.M. Ibidem. 
[12] Frankfort, Henri, Frankfort, Henrichte A., Wilson, John A., Jacobsen, Thorkild. Before Philosophy. The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1946; Eliade, Mirchea. Le mythe de l'éterel retour. Arhétypes et répétitio. Paris: Gallimard, 1949.
[13] The principal difference between the worldview of religious system of post-Axial Age and mythological worldview was the subject of my special consideration. See: Flier A.Y. Essays on the Theory of Historical Dynamics of Culture. M.: Soglasie, 2012. P. 56-58.
[14] See: Weber, Max. Die Wirtschaftsethik der Weltreligionen. Vergleichende religionssoziologie Versuche, Einleitung // Weber M. Gessamelte Aufsatze zur Religionssoziologie. Bd. 1. Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1920
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[16] See: Le Goff, Jacques. Pour un autre Moyen Âge. Temps, travail et culture en Occident. Paris: Gallimard, 1977; Le Goff, Jacques. La civilization de l’occident medieval. Paris: Arthaud, 1984
[17] Goldsworthy, Adrian. In the Name of Rome. The Men, who won the Roman Empire. London: Eidenfeld and Nicolson, 2003.
[18] See: Frankfort H., Frankfort H.A., Wilson J. A., Jacobsen T. Op. cit.
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[24] Pelipenko A.A. Dualistic Revolution and Semiogenesis in History. M.: URSS. 2010.
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[26] See: Popper, Karl. The Open Society and Its Enemies. London: Rutledge, 1945
[27] See: Weber M. Op. cit.   
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[32] See also: Dyakonov I.M. Ibidem. 
[33] See, eg.: Galbraith, J.K. Op.cit.
[34] Meadows, Donella H., Meadows, Dennis L., Randers, Jørgen, Behrens, William W. III. Limits to Growth: A Report for the Club of Rome's Project on the Predicament of Mankind. N.Y.: Universe Books, 1972.
[35] Touraine, Alain. La Societé post-industrielle. Naissance d’une société. Paris: Denoël Gonthier. 1969; Brzeziński, Zbigniew Kazimierz. Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era. N.Y.: Viking Press, 1970; Bell, Daniel. The Coming of Post-industrial Society: A Venture of Social Forecasting. N.Y.: Basic Books, 1973; Fourastie, Jean. Prévision, futurologie, prospective: Cours de l'Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris. Paris: Beauchesne, 1974.    
[36] It was predicted half a century ago. See: McLouhan, Marshall. Understanding Media: The Extensions of man. N.Y.: McGraw Hill, 1964.
[37] McLouhan M. Op. cit.
[38] See, eg.: Benhabib, Seyla. The Clams of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2002; Malygina I.V. In the Maze of Self-determination: An Experience of Reflection Ethnic and Cultural identity. M.: Moscow State Art and Cultural University Press, 2002; Severe E.E. Identity. Identification. Image. St. Petersburg.: St. Petersburg State University Press, 2011.


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