Time Maps: Collective Memory and the Social Shape of the Past

Time Maps Collective Memory and the Social Shape of the Past Time Maps extends beyond all of the old clich s about linear circular and spiral patterns of historical process and provides us with models of the actual legends used to map history It is a brillian

  • Title: Time Maps: Collective Memory and the Social Shape of the Past
  • Author: Eviatar Zerubavel
  • ISBN: 9780226981536
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • Time Maps extends beyond all of the old clich s about linear, circular, and spiral patterns of historical process and provides us with models of the actual legends used to map history It is a brilliant and elegant exercise in model building that provides new insights into some of the old questions about philosophy of history, historical narrative, and what is called stra Time Maps extends beyond all of the old clich s about linear, circular, and spiral patterns of historical process and provides us with models of the actual legends used to map history It is a brilliant and elegant exercise in model building that provides new insights into some of the old questions about philosophy of history, historical narrative, and what is called straight history Hayden White, University of California, Santa CruzWho were the first people to inhabit North America Does the West Bank belong to the Arabs or the Jews Why are racists so obsessed with origins Is a seventh cousin still a cousin Why do some societies name their children after dead ancestors As Eviatar Zerubavel demonstrates in Time Maps, we cannot answer burning questions such as these without a deeper understanding of how we envision the past In a pioneering attempt to map the structure of our collective memory, Zerubavel considers the cognitive patterns we use to organize the past in our minds and the mental strategies that help us string together unrelated events into coherent and meaningful narratives, as well as the social grammar of battles over conflicting interpretations of history Drawing on fascinating examples that range from Hiroshima to the Holocaust, from Columbus to Lucy, and from ancient Egypt to the former Yugoslavia, Zerubavel shows how we construct historical origins how we tie discontinuous events together into stories how we link families and entire nations through genealogies and how we separate distinct historical periods from one another through watersheds, such as the invention of fire or the fall of the Berlin Wall.Most people think the Roman Empire ended in 476, even though it lasted another 977 years in Byzantium Challenging such conventional wisdom, Time Maps will be must reading for anyone interested in how the history of our world takes shape.

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    1. Thorough structural analyses are useful for helping us to sift through and deal with several accounts of, roughly, the same facts and events. As with Hayden White’s work, which is an inspiration behind this book, when you have read and thought about the categories that a structuralist analysis offers you it seems difficult to see any other way to think about the information. They appear to have catalogued everything rather persuasively.Along those lines, Zerubavel offers readers a clear and th [...]

    2. Wonderful sociological book on the collective memory of communities and how they shape their history. It's a very quick read. I think it is only 110 pages. The other 80 pages are the bib, notes and index. But VERY facinating. Something that you will read and re-read. It's esepecially if you have an interest in history and sociology. It's got both disciplines represented in Zerubavel's theory.

    3. I remember reading thisThat's a pun, my title. The social construct of time and memory come together in this analysis. How does collective memory come to define time differently in different societies? How do such memories keep the social bonds? A good read. Fascinating and solid and easy to understand. Brings the reader to question what family stories, what communal definitions of time and place, have shaped him/her, without ever directly asking those questions. Demands deconstruction of our so [...]

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