PERMANENCE AND CHANGE
EVEN if one ascribes the rise of an orientation to its usefulness, one cannot conclude that it necessarily serves the ends of use. It may survive from conditions for which it was fit into conditions for which it is unfit (cultural lag). And its fossilized existence may be prolonged, after it has become dangerous to the social body as a whole, if some group which profits by it controls the educative and legislative devices of the state (class morality). The members of a group specifically charged with upholding a given orientation may be said to perform____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Permanence and Change:An Anatomy of Purpose. Contributors: Kenneth Burke - Author. Publisher: New Republic. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1935. Page number: 227.
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