Neo-collectivist Consciousness as a Driver of Transformative Sociocultural Change

Abstract

This paper situates the novel concept of neo-collectivist consciousness, developed by the author, within the framework of social and cultural dynamics of the 21st century. The dominant features of neo-collectivist consciousness are determined by integration of the value systems of collectivist and individualist cultures, as revealed by the scenarios derived from Causal Layered Analysis. The emerging neo-collectivistic culture espouses progressive elements of traditional collectivistic cultures and integrates them with those features of individualistic societies that foster sustainability. Further, Cultural Creatives and sustainable communities are identified as weak signals of the emerging neo-collectivist consciousness.

Keywords: Sustainable communities, cultural creatives, individualitic culture, neo-collectivist consciousness, Causal Layered Analysis, social change.

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