Difficult Reputations: Collective Memories of the Evil, by Gary Alan Fine

By Gary Alan Fine

We take reputations with no consideration. Believing within the undesirable and the great natures of our infamous or illustrious forebears is a part of our shared nationwide background. but we're principally unaware of how such reputations got here to be, who was once instrumental in growing them, and why. Even much less have we thought of how villains, simply up to heroes, have helped our society outline its values.

Presenting essays on America's such a lot reviled traitor, its worst president, and its such a lot debatable literary ingénue (Benedict Arnold, Warren G. Harding, and Lolita), between others, sociologist Gary Alan advantageous analyzes adverse, contested, and subcultural reputations. Difficult Reputations bargains 8 compelling old case experiences in addition to a theoretical creation situating the advanced roles in tradition and heritage that detrimental reputations play.

Arguing the necessity for realizing actual stipulations that bring about proposed interpretations, in addition to how reputations are given that means through the years, this e-book marks a big contribution to the sociologies of tradition and knowledge.

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