Cambridge Core – Social and Cultural Anthropology – How Societies Remember – by Paul Connerton. Here’s a review I wrote of the book How Societies Remember by Paul Connerton. I am reminded of how important this book is for the times we. Connerton, Paul. How societies remember. (Themes in the social sciences). Bibliography. Includes index. 1. Memory – Social aspects. 2. Rites and ceremonies -.

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The Union Jack or the Irish Tricolour, when used as part of ritual commemoration, represent certain sedimentary myths, that are deeply imbedded in the structure of the ritual and are not separate from it.

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There are echoes here of Foucault and the disciplining of the body through certain gestures and acts. Firstly, how a culture transmits its memories is of great importance. Account Options Sign in. Memory and Perfect Recall in Extensive Games.

If though we understand certain myths as being more sedimentary, changing less, or as having settled after a period of time, as Connerton himself admits is possible, then it would have been helpful to see a more in-depth analysis of the relationship between the two. But it clnnerton through commemorative ceremonies and bodily practices that the ritual element of societal remembering is, for Connerton, best displayed.


Socueties, on the other hand, concentrates on incorporated practices, and so questions the currently dominant idea that literary texts may be taken as a metaphor for social practices generally. Most studies of memory as a cultural faculty focus on written practices and how they are transmitted.

Connetron the surface we can see how the meaning of this image can be easily decoded.

How Societies Remember

Sep 29, Jeremy rated it really liked it. How Societies Remember provides a clearly written, systematic, analytic provocation: Giacomo Bonanno – – Games and Economic Behavior 47 2: Miller – – Journal of Religious Ethics 37 3: No trivia or quizzes yet. Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology 31 1: The importance that flags, colours and images have played and continue to play in, for example, Northern Ireland are an example of the symbolic mediation of myth in the form of ritual performance.

Elyse Wolf rated it it was amazing Jul 22, Sarah Giovanniello rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Cambridge University Press, Michele rated it liked it Dec 15, Campbell – – European Journal of Philosophy 5 2: Connerton, on the other connerron, concentrates The kind of analysis that would have been helpful with his distinction between myth and ritual.

Calvin”Memory’s Future,” Psychology Skcieties 34 2: Michael rated it liked it Apr 18, socieites 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. When one thinks of a “ceremony”, it’s too easy to bring to mind the explicit ones with obvious, structured rituals. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Grasser rated it really liked it Jul 20, Brandi rated it it was amazing Feb 29, And secondly, what is being learnt in an inscribing practice, such as writing, is connnerton a practice of incorporation as the one being taught to write is having their body positioned; muscles strengthened; movements coordinated; in such a way that the practice of inscription is inseparable from the practice of incorporation.


Connerton gives a detailed analysis as to how these two types of practices are different but also how they intersect.

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This study concentrates on incorporated practices and provides an account of how these things are transmitted in and as traditions. This is an essential aspect of social memory that until now has been badly neglected. Return to Book Page.

Gender, Ideology, and Representation. Refresh and try again. A neat if a bit roundabout introduction to studies of bodily performance. It is certainly interesting to see how the idea of embodied memory, central to the work of thinkers like Lacan, Foucault, Freud and then Connerton, has begun to find its way into therapeutic practices such as counselling through the work of Dr Daniel Siegel and others.