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Karl Mannheim

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Was born 1893 in Budapest
Is amongst the most influential sociologists
Can be regarded as one of the founders of the sociology of knowledge

In 1923 he first published his essay 'The Problem of Generations'
His ideas were influenced by both, positivist and romantic-historical thoughts on the problem of generations

Often concrete groups of people are understood as "the union of a number of individuals through naturally developed or consciously willed ties” (Mannheim 1952, p.289)

A generation however should rather be seen as a social location, which refers to a space within a broader social structure in which a certain range of experiences and possibilities are available to those within that space (1952, p. 291)
What generation do you belong to? Introductory Discussion Karl Mannheim - The Problem of Generations Social Location Karl Mannheim - The Problem of Generations (1952) World Heritage Studies Winter Semester 2012/13
Module: Discourses on Culture and Heritage, Part: World Heritage and Theory of Culture
Lecturer: Klaus Zehbe, M.A.
Date: 23 January 2013

Sepehr Brüderlin - 3265672
Lucija Gudlin – 3157666
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Hannah Röhlen - 3150342
Katelyn Williams – 3147294 Downton Abbey Fresh Contact Forgetting Stratification Cultural Transmission What is it that makes you feel like you are part of that generation? "The current modernization changes have had the strongest impact on Kihnu women who today want to claim university education and find small-scale farming no longer profitable, as they cannot thus attain modern living standards. Job opportunities on the island are very limited [...]. People tend to leave the island, and traditional practices fade, which indicates that the uniqueness celebrated by the UNESCO proclamation is in a fragile state. Eventually, the key question in the maintenance of a vibrant culture is positive adjustment to change, as the Kihnu articulate their vehement resistance to becoming a living museum."
(Kuutma 2007, p. 188) Sources:

1. Kuutma, K. (2007) The Politics of Contested Representation: UNESCO and the Masterpieces of Intangible Cultural Heritage. In: D. Hemme, M. Tauschek & R. Bendix (eds.): Prädikat 'Heritage'.Wertschöpfungen aus kulturellen Ressourcen. Göttingen: LIT Verlag, pp. 177–195.

2. Mannheim, K. 1952. The Problem of Generations. In: Kecskemeti, P. (ed.) Essays on the Sociology of Knowledge. New York: Routledge, pp. 276-283 [until footnote 2]; [from heading II.] 286-302 [until heading E.].

3. Perdue, William D. 1986. Sociological Theory: Explanation, Paradigm, and Ideology. Palo Alto, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company

4. Pilcher, J. 1994, Mannheim’s sociology og generations: an undervalued legacy. BJS, Volume no. 45, Issue no.3, pp. 481-495

5. Mill, J. S. (1865). Auguste Comte and Positivism

Sources for visual material:

Downton Abbey, 2010. [television series] Created by: Julian Fellowes. The United Kingdom: Carnival Films
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/characters.htm
http://downtonabbey.wikia.com/wiki/Martha_Levinson?file=Martha_100.jpg
http://www.egypte-des-pharaons.123.fr/monuments/grandes_pyramides.bmp
http://whc.unesco.org/uploads/thumbs/site_0806_0001-464-0-20080618114923.jpg
http://y.delfi.ee/norm/contest/23/1427093_SHPo0k.jpeg Courtesy of the website: http://www.egypte-despharaons.123.fr/monuments/grandes_pyramides.bmp Courtesy of the website: http://whc.unesco.org Courtesy of the website: http://y.delfi.ee/norm/contest/23/1427093_SHPo0k.jpeg
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