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Ancestors and Relatives: Genealogy, Identity, and Community

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Genealogy has long been one of humanity's greatest obsessions. But with the rise of genetics, and increasing media attention to it through programs like Who Do You Think You Are? and Faces of America, we are now told that genetic markers can definitively tell us who we are and where we came from.

The problem, writes Eviatar Zerubavel, is that biology does not provide us wi
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 9th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 12th 2011)
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Mike Niebrzydowski
Mar 07, 2016 Mike Niebrzydowski rated it liked it
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It redeemed itself a little in the last two or three chapters. Other than that, the first few pages were the most interesting. I was initially expecting much more of a sociological perspective, but he seemed to talk mostly about taxonomy and how we are cousins to frogs if we go back far enough. I thought for most of the book he just wanted to use a bunch of big words and scientific terms without saying much. The good parts:
1. I've never thought about applying "genealogy" to other things, even in
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Celia
Jan 16, 2013 Celia rated it liked it
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I very much enjoyed the first part of this book, a scholarly reflection on genealogy; the second delved too deeply into evolutionary theory, which I can read in more engaging ways from other sources.

What I found so interesting were Zerubavel's reflections on what it means when we humans pick and choose our ancestors, and what value genealogy has for people in the modern world and in past times.

If you're just looking for a genealogy how-to or inspiring ideas on family, there are better books. Bu
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John Sprackland
A profound and important book in terms of my current interests. Only a short book but so many potential directions of onward travel that most readers will find something to fascinate them. I shall be rereading closely.
Megan Smolenyak
Nov 15, 2014 Megan Smolenyak rated it it was ok
My impression after reading this book is that the author had neglected to speak to any genealogists, a bit of a shortcoming given the topic.
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An interesting look into what does Genealogy really means.
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