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Ancestors and relatives : genealogy, identity, and community

Author: Eviatar Zerubavel
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Noted social scientist Eviatar Zerubavel casts a critical eye on how we trace our past-individually and collectively arguing that rather than simply find out who our ancestors are from genetics or history, we actually create the stories that make them our ancestors.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eviatar Zerubavel
ISBN: 9780199773954 0199773955 9780199336043 0199336040
OCLC Number: 775410813
Awards: Commended for PROSE (Sociology & Socal Work) 2012
Description: xii, 226 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The genealogical imagination --
Ancestry and descent. Lineage ; Pedigree ; Origins --
Co-descent. Kinship ; Community and identity --
Nature and culture. ; Blood ; Nature or culture? ; The rules of genealogical lineation ; The rules of genealogical delineation --
The politics of descent. Stretching ; Cutting and pasting ; Clipping ; Braiding ; Lumping ; Marginalizing ; Splitting ; Pruning --
The genealogy of the future. Genealogical engineering ; Integration ; Segregation ; Extinction --
The future of genealogy.
Responsibility: Eviatar Zerubavel.

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Noted social scientist Eviatar Zerubavel casts a critical eye on how we trace our past-individually and collectively arguing that rather than simply find out who our ancestors are from genetics or  Read more...

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Widely-researched and absorbing ... This book could not be more timely. As Zerubavel points out we need only to look at the popularity of television shows such as Who Do You Think You Are? and the Read more...

 
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