By Bridget Fowler

The 1st critical educational examine of obituaries, this e-book specializes in how societies take note. Bridget Fowler makes nice use of the theories of Pierre Bordieu, arguing that obituaries are one vital part in society's collective reminiscence. This booklet, the 1st of its type, will discover a position on each severe sociology scholar's bookshelves.

Show description

Read Online or Download The Obituary as Collective Memory (Routledge Advances in Sociology S.) PDF

Similar science (general) books

The Evolution of Parasitism - A Phylogenetic Perspective

Parasitology keeps to learn from taking an evolutionary method of its research. Tree development, character-mapping, tree-based evolutionary interpretation, and different advancements in molecular and morphological phylogenetics have had a profound impression and feature shed new gentle at the very nature of host-parasite family and their coevolution.

Mountains: Sources of Water, Sources of Knowledge (Advances in Global Change Research, 31)

This publication addresses the most important demanding situations in assuring globally sustainable water use. satirically, water assets were pointed out either as too abundant, generating significant mess ups, and more and more liable to shortages. Addressing either one of those features calls for cognizance to actual hydrological tactics in addition to human actions that have an effect on water offer and insist.

Advances in Electronic Business, Volume I

Advances in digital company advances the knowledge of administration equipment, info know-how, and their joint software in enterprise strategies. The functions of digital trade draw nice recognition of the practitioners in making use of electronic applied sciences to the buy-and-sell actions.

El azar y la necesidad (Ensayo sobre la filosofía natural de la biología moderna)

Ensayo sobre l. a. filosofía common de l. a. biología moderna publicado originalmente en 1970 por Jacques Monod, Premio Nobel de Medicina en 1965. Este biólogo francés formuló el teorema de que, si en cualquier proceso se suprime l. a. suggestion de finalidad, las cosas suceden por una combinación de azar y necesidad.

Additional info for The Obituary as Collective Memory (Routledge Advances in Sociology S.)

Sample text

In Nora’s view, the commemorative epoch — luxuriating in classifications, typologies and hierarchy — is intended to compensate for the fragmentation of experience in modernity (cf Matsuda 1996: 7). Yet Nora delineates also its simultaneous loss of monumental scale, most visible in the disappearance of an earlier epoch’s proud ‘statumania’. For this reason, Nora ends with a striking critique of ‘the era of commemoration’ as a new tyranny of memory: ‘The tyranny of memory will only have lasted for a while but it is our time’ (Nora III: 1012).

In particular, traces of the earlier city of modernity remain, partly in old architecture, as Victor Hugo suggested, partly also in literature and art. From these we can gain unexpected insights, even ‘epiphanies’. Cultural documents may be passed into the repositories of tradition, but they often register also forms of oppositional consciousness (or counter-memory), which might otherwise be expunged. indd 37 5/14/2007 11:25:45 AM 38 The obituary as collective memory If the fragmentation and attenuation of collective memory that has occurred constitutes — for some — a crisis of social meaning, for others these constitute a struggle of a radically different order.

5 Popular memory has, of course been linked with workers’ support for strikes or occupations, and to movements extending to a classical working-class consciousness, but it may also be rooted more straightforwardly in factory-based work-memories, or memories of urban poverty framed through interpretations of personal failure or fate. In periods where open opinion has been dangerous, popular memories may revolve round factory work, but are also censured via silences and gaps, whilst being interspersed with memories of deeply concealed acts of defiance (Passerini 1987).

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.45 of 5 – based on 23 votes