How Societies Remember
By (author) Paul Connerton
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How Societies Remember by Paul Connerton
Book DescriptionIn treating memory as a cultural rather than an individual faculty, this book provides an account of how bodily practices are transmitted in, and as, traditions. Most studies of memory as a cultural faculty focus on written, or inscribed transmissions of memories. Paul Connerton, on the other hand, concentrates on bodily (or 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 until 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 students.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521270939
(228mm x 152mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-1989
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Paul Connerton
Spirit of Mourning, Hardback (September 2011)
Discusses how the memory of traumatic events, such as genocide and torture, is inscribed within human bodies.
How Modernity Forgets, Hardback (July 2009)
This book provides an insight into how modern society and contemporary living affects our ability to remember things.
Tragedy of Enlightenment, Paperback (February 1980)» View all books by Paul Connerton
This book conveys an overall sense of the continuities and discontinuities in the concerns of the Frankfurt School's core members over two generations.
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