In the Beginning: Notes on the Social Construction of Historical Discontinuity

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Abstract

Beginnings are both theoretically and experientially anchored in a distinctively discontinuous conception of time. This paper examines the conventional nature of beginnings, calls attention to the politics of establishing official beginnings of historical narratives, and claims that the way groups (from families to nations) construct their historical beginnings ought to be at the heart of any study of the development of collective identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)457-459
Number of pages3
JournalSociological Inquiry
Volume63
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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