Traditional societies are sometimes defined as: “In sociology, traditional society refers to a society characterized by an orientation to the past, not the future, with a predominant role for custom and habit. Such societies are marked by a lack of distinction between family and business, with the division of labor influenced primarily by age, gender, and status.” This is only a partially acceptable definition inasmuch as traditional societies highly value the past while being desirous to properly engage the future. In this regards, ICATS scope of studies interest includes:
- Traditional religious societies including religious orders (Christian but also Buddhist etc.)
- Traditional Christian groups including Mennonites and Amish
- Native societies including Canadian first nation tribes
- Pacific island traditional societies including Tonga, Vanuatu, etc
- Traditional African societies including traditional kingdoms
- European traditional societies (Swiss, ongoing orders of chivalry and nobility).