How Societies Remember. Paul Connerton. 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.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Jack Goody Editor. Geoffrey Hawthorn Editor. Most studies of memory as a cultural faculty focus on written practices and how they are transmitted. This study concentrates on incorporated practices and provides an account of how these things are transmitted in and as traditions. The author argues that images and recollected knowledge of the past are conveyed and sustained by ritual performances, and that performative Most studies of memory as a cultural faculty focus on written practices and how they are transmitted.
The author argues that images and recollected knowledge of the past are conveyed and sustained by ritual performances, and that performative memory is bodily. This is an essential aspect of social memory that until now has been badly neglected.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of How Societies Remember. Jan 09, Beth rated it really liked it. The first chapter takes some perseverance, but the second and third chapters are far easier to read and terribly interesting. Feb 28, Malcolm rated it it was amazing Shelves: cultural-studies , sociology.
I cannot recommend it too highly. Nov 09, Matt rated it really liked it. The book was very interesting. I especially liked numerous examples given about theory.
However, at times it seemed that it was boring. Perhaps some thought should have been given on how to interest the reader. In the end this book was as part of lecture, reading and I give it a solid four. Sep 08, amy rated it liked it. Don't just look at inscription; performance, embodiment, and repertoire are memory practices too! Is this book in a nutshell. Sep 29, Jeremy rated it really liked it. An investigation into different practices of memory, with a particular focus on "incorporation practices," that is, practices of remembering that are learned, habitualized and de-theorized.
Connerton deals with rituals of rememberance, ways in which the view of the past and societal memory has changed, bodily practices, types of memory personal, cognitive, and habitual , and diacronic views of the past.
At the end of the book he also discusses the developments of humanists and the advent of the An investigation into different practices of memory, with a particular focus on "incorporation practices," that is, practices of remembering that are learned, habitualized and de-theorized.
At the end of the book he also discusses the developments of humanists and the advent of the modern era, conceiving of an historical break from classical time. I recommend this book to be read with Time Maps: Collective Memory and the Social Shape of the Past for a great and very readable intro to social memory. Jan 15, Lauren rated it really liked it. When one thinks of a "ceremony", it's too easy to bring to mind the explicit ones with obvious, structured rituals. This work attempts to make one aware of the "bodily" rituals, too subtle and ingrained into a culture to be worth a mention on histories, but no less, or perhaps more so, revealing of the value and social systems of that culture.
An interesting read. Oct 18, Yevhen Hulevych rated it really liked it. Jun 17, Anders rated it it was amazing. Feb 16, Katie rated it liked it. This is a great book about collective memory and how individuals and societies remember.
It was a little too psychological for my liking, but still a great discussion starter. Sep 10, John rated it really liked it. Interesting but oddly pieced together. A neat if a bit roundabout introduction to studies of bodily performance. Aaron Monts rated it it was amazing Jul 03, Mihai rated it really liked it Jul 04, Lori rated it liked it Sep 16, Nathan rated it it was amazing Jun 23, Sarah Giovanniello rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Emma rated it really liked it Apr 10, Elyse Wolf rated it it was amazing Jul 22, Melis rated it liked it Nov 11, Claire Menck rated it it was amazing Jan 05, Nadia Chervinska rated it liked it Dec 19, Tuba rated it liked it Nov 27, Muammer Kiper rated it liked it Sep 18, Kavya rated it really liked it Mar 13, Eren Can Ileri rated it really liked it Sep 27, Hamad O rated it really liked it Jun 04, Grasser rated it really liked it Jul 20, Michele rated it liked it Dec 15, Brandi rated it it was amazing Feb 29, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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Connerton then goes on to discuss how this knowledge we have of the past is interwoven with historical reconstruction. While social memory and historical reconstruction have a strong relationship, history is not dependent on the memories that groups have created. Connerton is careful to state that while emotions and memories can heavily influence the way that history is re read, there is a strong difference between the factual events that occurred and the ways in which they were remembered. Important events that occurred in the past are often going to be tainted by the memories of those retelling those stories. After reading this section I was immediately reminded about the Vice documentary we had watched in class. The discord that exists over the statues of Confederate officers offers a good example of the issues that lay within historical reconstruction and social memory.
Paul Connerton – How Societies Remember
Paul James Connerton April 22, — July 27, was a British social anthropologist best known for his work on social and body memory. From to he continued his research as an unofficial fellow of Caius. Paul Connerton spent his career as a private scholar lacking the financial basis that usually enables for such a path. He was taken care of by his sister Clare Campbell and loyal friends.