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Posted January 13, 2012
Recommended with reservations
Professor Zerubavel has written an excellent sociology text on how societies in general views their ancestry and other people around them. And, as the cover summary says, it does offer "a new way of understanding family, ethnicity, nationhood, race, and humanity."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
However, the text bares no relationship to how genealogists today practice their profession. It does provide a review of the glaring mistakes many people make when they start doing their family genealogy.
A close look at the notes and bibliography show that Professor Zerubavel did not read any genealogical articles or books, very likely never attended a genealogical conference, and probably never spoke to a genealogist.
In writing a book subtitled "Genealogy, Identity, & Community" it would have been nice if Professor Zerubavel had made himself familiar with the people & profession he alleges to be writing about.