Time Maps: Collective Memory and the Social Shape of the Past / Edition 1

Time Maps: Collective Memory and the Social Shape of the Past / Edition 1

by Eviatar Zerubavel
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0226981533

ISBN-13: 9780226981536

Pub. Date: 10/15/2004

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Who 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

Overview


Who 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226981536
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
187
Sales rank:
1,051,040
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figuresix
Prefacexi
Introduction: The Social Structure of Memory1
1The Social Shape of the Past *11
Plotlines and Narratives11
Progress14
Decline16
A Zigzag in Time18
Ladders and Trees20
Circles and Rhymes23
Mountains and Valleys25
Legato and Staccato34
2Historical Continuity *37
Same Place40
Relics and Memorabilia43
Imitation and Replication45
"Same" Time46
Historical Analogy48
Discursive Continuity52
3Ancestry and Descent *55
Dynasties and Pedigree56
Common Descent63
The Social Organization of Descent66
The "Family of Man"68
Apes and Grapes73
Language and Lineage77
4Historical Discontinuity *82
The Social Punctuation of the Past83
Assimilation and Differentiation85
History and Prehistory89
The Social Construction of Historical Discontinuity95
5In the Beginnings *101
Antiquity102
Priority103
Notes111
Bibliography143
Author Index165
Subject Index171

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >