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Author Connerton, Paul
Title How societies remember / Paul Connerton
Imprint Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  BF378.S65 C66 1989    AVAILABLE    30520020291671
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  BF378.S65 C752 1989    DUE 02-06-23    HPW0055151
 Modern History Library  302.12 C752    DUE 12-27-22    30550100216934
 RCHSS Library  BF378.S65 C66    DUE 02-27-23    30560400038862
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  302.12 C76279 1989    AVAILABLE    30500100803462
Descript 121 pages ; 24 cm
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Series Themes in the social sciences
Themes in the social sciences
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 105-115) and indexes
Introduction -- Social memory -- Commemorative ceremonies -- Bodily practices
In treating memory as a cultural rather than an individual faculty, this book provides an account of how practices of a non-inscribed kind are transmitted in, and as, traditions. Most studies of memory as a cultural faculty focus on inscribed transmissions of memories. Connerton, on the other hand, concentrates on incorporated practices, and so questions the currently dominant idea that literary texts may be taken as a metaphor for social practices generally. The author argues that images of the past and recollected knowledge of the past are conveyed and sustained by ritual performances and that performative memory is bodily. Bodily social memory is an essential aspect of social memory, but it is an aspect which has up till now been badly neglected. An innovative study, this work should be of interest to researchers into social, political and anthropological thought as well as to graduate and undergraduate student. -- from back cover
Subject Memory -- Social aspects
Rites and ceremonies -- Psychological aspects
Mind and body
Social psychology
Cultural processes
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