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La Memoire Collective (Bibliotheque De Levolution De Lhumanite) (French Edition) Maurice Halbwachs

La Memoire Collective (Bibliotheque De Levolution De Lhumanite) (French Edition)

Maurice Halbwachs

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ISBN : 9782226093202
295 pages
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How do we use our mental images of the present to reconstructour past? Maurice Halbwachs (1877-1945) addressed thisquestion for the first time in his work on collective memory,which established him as a major figure in the history ofsociology. This volume, the first comprehensive English-language translation of Halbwachs writings on the socialconstruction of memory, fills a major gap in the literatureon the sociology of knowledge.Halbwachs primary thesis is that human memory can onlyfunction within a collective context. Collective memory,Halbwachs asserts, is always selective- various groups ofpeople have different collective memories, which in turn giverise to different modes of behavior. Halbwachs shows, forexample, how pilgrims to the Holy Land over the centuriesevoked very different images of the events of Jesus life-how wealthy old families in France have a memory of the pastthat diverges sharply from that of the nouveaux riches- andhow working class constructions of reality differ from thoseof their middle-class counterparts.With a detailed introduction by Lewis A. Coser, thistranslation will be an indispensable source for new researchin historical sociology and cultural memory.Lewis A. Coser is Distinguished Professor of SociologyEmeritus at the State University of New York and AdjunctProfessor of Sociology at Boston College.The Heritage of Sociology series