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Published: 09 November 2011

240 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199773954

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Ancestors and Relatives

Genealogy, Identity, and Community

Eviatar Zerubavel

  • Examines our conception of "relatedness" to answer provocative questions, such as why we consider Barack Obama a black man with a white mother rather than a white man with a black father?
  • Completely changes the way we look at geneology: rather than simply documenting who our ancestors were, it is a process of constructing a narrative to link ourselves to our ancestors
  • Argues that social conventions and traditions are undervalued in how they shape the way we draw connections to the past
  • A study of the social traditions of remembering and classifying that affect the way we trace our ancestors, identify our relatives, and delineate the families, ethnic groups, nations, and species to which we "belong"