Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Good Book -- Ancestors and Relatives: Genealogy, Identity, and Community

I'm less than a third through Ancestors and Relatives: Genealogy, Identity, and Community, by Eviatar Zerubavel, but I already like it.  For example:

"...lineages thus offer their members a sense of vicarious participation in history "through" their various ancestors. By proxy they can thus figuratively touch the past."

is a pretty good description of why I like genealogy.

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