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How Modernity Forgets

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Why are we sometimes unable to remember events, places and objects? This concise overview explores the concept of 'forgetting', and how modern society affects our ability to remember things. It takes ideas from Francis Yates classic work, The Art of Memory, which viewed memory as being dependent on stability, and argues that today's world is full of change, making 'forgett ...more
Paperback, 149 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Cambridge University Press (first published 2009)
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Gizem Kendik
Jul 06, 2014 Gizem Kendik rated it did not like it
Selamlar Paul,

Bana bir şeyi de tüketim ve tüketim çeşitliliğine bağlamayan birilerini verin ya, Paul’u değil.

Müsaade varsa şuraya bir özet bırakıyorum.

Anıtlar ile unutkanlık arasındaki ilişki karşılıklıdır: unutma tehlikesi anıtların inşa edilmesine, anıtlar ise unutkanlığa yol açar. Hatırlanmak istenen şeyi bir anıt biçimine sokmak hatırlama yükümlülüğünden kurtulmak içinse; bunun sebebi, anıtlar yalnızca bazı şeylerin hatırlanmasına izin verirken, bir çeşit ayrımcılıkla diğerlerinin de unutul
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Malcolm
Oct 10, 2013 Malcolm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sociology
Connerton’s earlier book, the marvellous How Societies Remember , was one of those annoying small but packed-full-of-ideas books that took off in academic circles in the 1990s with its focus on the small, the mundane, the banal and the ordinary as well as the large and the spectacular as markers and makers of social memory. About 20 years later along came How Modernity Forgets, similarly packed full of ideas and squeezed into a svelte title. Connerton doesn’t so much argue that modernity forget ...more
Brandi
Sep 29, 2014 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: phd-thesis
I am enamoured of Paul Connerton's cultural analysis. He is one of few academic authors I could read primarily for enjoyment, though luckily for me, reading this text also counts as work. His central thesis, that the conditions of modernity foster forgetting, initially sounds trite, at least to me; of course "modernity," concerned as it is with the present and the new, is in some sense distanced from the "historical past." However, the way he makes this argument - reading the "opacity of the lab ...more
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