By Rakefet Sela-Sheffy & Gideon Toury, editors
To talk of “Culture Contacts and the Making of Cultures” is in truth to talk about the basic strategies during which cultures are shaped and maintained. there's a seeming contradiction among those agendas of inquiry: whereas “the making of cultures” inspires the research of targeted efforts invested within the construction of discrete social entities via marked cultural limitations, “culture contacts” demands the quest of the fluidity of such entities and the consistent complicated move and trade among them. yet in fact, it's the interaction among the 2 forces that underlie cultural dynamics in no matter what social surroundings, from (what appear to be) the main rigidly closed and “uncontaminated” ones to people who appear super heterogeneous and unsettled. it's the figuring out of this multifaceted tradition dynamics because the equipment that makes social worlds going which has been the motive force of Itamar Even-Zohar’s life-long scholarly venture, to which he has been dedicating his highbrow paintings for over 40 years, in concept in addition to an extended sequence of case reviews. Encompassing wisdom of such a lot of diverse cultures, their languages, histories and daily practices, from medieval Scandinavian and Russian talking territories, via sleek nationwide Hebrew, Italian or Iberian cultures, to contemporary advancements in modern Iceland and Newfoundland, Even-Zohar has accumulated drastically assorted facts, all of which underlie his large theoretical view of such methods of socio-cultural formation, swap, consolidation or disintegration. This quantity of papers through Even-Zohar’s colleagues is an expression of the range of his paintings. [Rakefet Sela-Sheffy, “Introduction”]
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