The influence of society on the content of social mythology

Author(s):  A.G. Ivanov, The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Lipetsk branch, Russian Federation, Lipetsk, Russia,

Issue:  Volume 42, №24

Rubric:  Human Being. Culture. Society

Annotation:  The article gives a definition of social mythology. It is noted that social mythology inherent in the processes of myth-making and mythologizing; that social mythology is present both at the ideological and at the everyday level of social consciousness; that social mythology distinguishes between the «archaic» and «conjunctural» aspects. The author identifies the following factors of society influence on the content of social mythology: - the influence of the «course of history»: there are various features that characterize a particular society at a certain historical stage, in the framework of a particular tradition, etc., which leave a mark on the mythology; - there are qualitative differences between everyday mythology, represented at the level of social psychology, of ordinary consciousness, and ultimately rationalized mythology contained in ideological constructions; between changes in «archaic» and «conjunctural» aspects of social mythology; - with the differentiation of social life in a variety of components, into many spheres the features of the political, scientific, religious mythology appear respectively; - the division of society into social groups, social stratification lead to such a position that each group begins to form its own social mythology; the ruling class claims to include its own social mythology in the worldview. It is concluded that the development of society leads to the formal and essential changes in social mythology

Keywords:  social mythology, social development, «archaic» and «conjunctural» aspects of social mythology, myth-making, mythologizing

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