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Zerubavel, Eviatar

Works: 35 works in 298 publications in 4 languages and 9,413 library holdings
Genres: History  Academic theses 
Roles: Author
Classifications: CE85, 394
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Most widely held works by Eviatar Zerubavel
The elephant in the room : silence and denial in everyday life by Eviatar Zerubavel( )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fable of the Emperor's New Clothes is a classic example of a conspiracy of silence, a situation where everyone refuses to acknowledge an obvious truth. But the denial of social realities -- whether incest, alcoholism, corruption, or even genocide -- is no fairy tale. In this book, the author sheds new light on the social and political underpinnings of silence and denial -- the keeping of "open secrets." The author shows that conspiracies of silence exist at every level of society, ranging from small groups to large corporations, from personal friendships to politics. Drawing on examples from newspapers and comedy shows to novels, children's stories, and film, the book travels back and forth across different levels of social life, and from everyday moments to large-scale historical events. At its core, the book helps us understand why we ignore truths that are known to all of us. The author shows how such conspiracies evolve, illuminating the social pressures that cause people to deny what is right before their eyes. We see how each conspirator's denial is symbiotically complemented by the others, and we learn that silence is usually more intense when there are more people conspiring -- and especially when there are significant power differences among them. He concludes by showing that the longer we ignore "elephants," the larger they loom in our minds, as each avoidance triggers an even greater spiral of denial. Social life in families, organizations, communities and even entire nations is full of situations where the emperor has no clothes. The book illuminates the dynamics behind these situations, revealing why we ignore obvious and alarming realities
The seven day circle : the history and meaning of the week by Eviatar Zerubavel( Book )

29 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie over tijd, speciaal de indeling van de week in religieus, politiek en economisch opzicht
The clockwork muse : a practical guide to writing theses, dissertations, and books by Eviatar Zerubavel( Book )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 898 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For anyone who has blanched at the uphill prospect of finishing a long piece of writing, this book holds out something more practical than hope: it offers a plan. The Clockwork Muse is designed to help prospective authors develop a workable timetable for completing long and often formidable projects. The idea of dashing off a manuscript in a fit of manic inspiration may be romantic, but it is not particularly practical. Instead, Eviatar Zerubavel, a prolific and successful author, describes how to set up a writing schedule and regular work habits that will take most of the anxiety and procrastination out of long-term writing, and even make it enjoyable. The dreaded 'writer's block' often turns out to be simply a need for a better grasp of the temporal organization of work. The Clockwork Muse rethinks the writing process in terms of time and organization. It offers writers a simple yet comprehensive framework that considers such variables as when to write, for how long, and how often, while keeping a sense of momentum throughout the entire project. It shows how to set priorities, balance ideals against constraints, and find the ideal time to write. For all those whose writing has languished, waiting for the "right moment, " The Clockwork Muse announces that the moment has arrived.--
Ancestors and relatives : genealogy, identity, and community by Eviatar Zerubavel( )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noted social scientist Eviatar Zerubavel casts a critical eye on how we trace our past-individually and collectively arguing that rather than simply find out who our ancestors are from genetics or history, we actually create the stories that make them our ancestors
Time maps : collective memory and the social shape of the past by Eviatar Zerubavel( Book )

28 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on fascinating examples that range from Hiroshima to the Holocaust, from Columbus to Lucy, and from ancient Egypt to the former Yugoslavia, Zerubavel shows how we construct historical origins; how we tie discontinuous events together into stories; how we link families and entire nations through genealogies; and how we separate distinct historical periods from one another through watersheds, such as the invention of fire or the fall of the Berlin Wall." "Most people think the Roman Empire ended in 476, even though it lasted another 977 years in Byzantium. Challenging such conventional wisdom, Time Maps will be must reading for anyone interested in how the history of our world takes shape."--Jacket
Hidden rhythms : schedules and calendars in social life by Eviatar Zerubavel( Book )

28 editions published between 1981 and 1985 in English and Italian and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Terra cognita : the mental discovery of America by Eviatar Zerubavel( Book )

26 editions published between 1992 and 2018 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Should the credit for discovering America go to a man who insisted it was Asia? Can we say that the New World was discovered in 1492 when Columbus believed it to be but a few islands off the shores of China? In this provocative book, Eviatar Zerubavel argues that physical encounters are only one part of the process of discovery. Such encounters must be complemented by an understanding of the true identity of what is being discovered. Columbus's celebrated 1492 landfall was no more significant than Europe's subsequent understanding of where he landed. The small group of islands he claimed to have discovered off the shores of Asia was a far cry from what we now call America. According to Zerubavel, in commemorating only 1492 we inevitably distort the reality of how the New World was discovered by Europe. America is both a physical and a mental entity and the history of America should therefore be the history of both these forms of discovery. The New World was not discovered on a single day. Zerubavel traces how its discovery was a slow mental voyage that lasted almost three hundred years, when Europe finally established that America was indeed fully detached from Asia. Using fascinating old maps, Zerubavel offers us a rare opportunity to look at how America was envisioned by Columbus's contemporaries. Zerubavel explains their efforts to make sense of its rather unexpected discovery, from the stubborn attempt to force new geographical evidence into the old cosmographic dogma, to the actual creation of a brand-new image of the world. In vividly documenting how a slowly emerging New World gradually forced itself into Europe's consciousness, Zerubavel proves that what we now call America was not discovered by Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492. The author provides us a new way to think about discovery, one that will interest historians, geographers, cartographers, sociologists. and everyone interested in the Age of Discovery
Social mindscapes : an invitation to cognitive sociology by Eviatar Zerubavel( Book )

27 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in English and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why does adding cheese make a hamburger a "cheeseburger" whereas adding ketchup does not make it a "ketchupburger"? By the same token, how do we determine which things said at a meeting should be included in the minutes and which ought to be considered "off the record" and officially disregarded? Zerubavel illuminates the social foundation of mental actions such as perceiving, attending, classifying, remembering, assigning meaning, and reckoning the time. What takes place inside our heads, he reminds us, is deeply affected by our social environments, which are typically groups that are larger than the individual yet considerably smaller than the human race. Thus, we develop a nonuniversal software for thinking as Americans or Chinese, lawyers or teachers, Catholics or Jews, Baby Boomers or Gen-Xers. Zerubavel explores the fascinating ways in which thought communities carve up and classify reality, assign meanings, and perceive things, "defamiliarizing" in the process many taken-for-granted assumptions
The fine line : making distinctions in everyday life by Eviatar Zerubavel( Book )

24 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eviatar Zerubavel argues that most of the distinctions we make in our daily lives and in our culture are social constructs. He questions the notion that a clear line can be drawn to separate one time or object or concept from another, and presents witty and provocative counterexamples in defense of ambiguity and anomaly
Taken for granted : the remarkable power of the unremarkable by Eviatar Zerubavel( )

13 editions published between 2018 and 2020 in English and Italian and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why is the term "openly gay" so widely used but "openly straight" is not? What are the unspoken assumptions behind terms like "male nurse," "working mom," and "white trash"? Offering a revealing and provocative look at the word choices we make every day without even realizing it, Taken for Granted exposes the subtly encoded ways we talk about race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social status, and more. In this engaging and insightful book, Eviatar Zerubavel describes how the words we use - such as when we mark "the best female basketball player" but leave her male counterpart unmarked-provide telling clues about the things many of us take for granted. By marking "women's history" or "Black History Month," we are also reinforcing the apparent normality of the history of white men. When we mark something as being special or somehow noticeable, that which goes unmarked-such as maleness, whiteness, straightness, and able-bodiedness-is assumed to be ordinary by default. Zerubavel shows how this tacit normalizing of certain identities, practices, and ideas helps to maintain their cultural dominance-including the power to dictate what others take for granted. A little book about a very big idea, Taken for Granted draws our attention to what we implicitly assume to be normal-and in the process unsettles the very notion of normality
Patterns of time in hospital life : a sociological perspective by Eviatar Zerubavel( Book )

10 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume presents an original study in the sociology of time: a case-description and conceptual analysis of the ways in which the temporal frameworks we customarily take for granted structure social reality. The study is based on the author's observation of the activities of medical professionals in a large teaching hospital: there, he collected data to show that the rhythms of organizational life have particular moral and cognitive dimensions, beyond simple regulative functions. While individuals customarily adapt to a variety of contexts for anchoring events in time, the temporal coordination necessary for collective efforts enforces social controls at multiple levels. This sociotemporal order, an inherent constituent of social life, offers researchers and theoreticians alike a fresh and rewarding analytic perspective. "Patterns of Time" will be valued for its several distinctive achievements. Foremost among these is a demonstration of the importance of temporality as a topic in its own right. Because measurements of time are a commonplace of social life, sociologists have tended to ignore the significance of temporality as a feature of social organizations. Zerubavel's work is a corrective to this neglect. In addition, the author's imaginative integration of ethnographic description and theoretical analysis bridges the gap between contrasting methods that has characterized much recent sociological and anthropological work. Finally, because of the author's selection of the hospital setting, sociologists of medicine and the professions will find his study useful for its rich and well-observed ethnography, as well as its novel analytical approach." -- Book jacket
Hidden in plain sight : the social structure of irrelevance by Eviatar Zerubavel( )

9 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While examining its neuro-cognitive hardware, psychology usually ignores the socio-cognitive software underlying human attention. Yet although it is nature that equips us with our sense organs, it is nevertheless society that shapes the way we actually use them. The book explores the social underpinnings of attention, the way in which we focus our attention (and thereby notice and ignore things) not just as individuals and as humans but also as social beings, members of particular communities with specific traditions and conventions of attending to certain parts of reality while ignoring others
Generally speaking : an invitation to concept-driven sociology by Eviatar Zerubavel( )

4 editions published between 2020 and 2021 in English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Defying the conventional split between "theory" and "methodology," this book introduces a yet unarticulated and thus far never systematized method of theorizing designed to reveal abstract social patterns. Insisting that such methodology can actually be taught, it tries to make the mental processes underlying the practice of a "concept-driven sociology" more explicit. Many sociologists tend to study the specific, often at the expense of also studying the generic. To correct this imbalance, the book examines the theoretico-methodological process by which we can "distill" generic social patterns from the culturally, historically, and situationally specific contexts in which we encounter them. It thus champions a "generic sociology" that is pronouncedly transcontextual (transcultural, transhistorical, transsituational, and translevel) in its scope. In order to uncover generic, transcontextual social patterns, we need to collect our data in a wide range of social contexts. Such contextual diversity is manifested multi-culturally, multihistorically, multisituationally, as well as at multiple levels of social aggregation. True to its message, the book illustrates generic social patterns by drawing on numerous examples from diverse cultural contexts and historical periods and a wide range of diverse social domains, as well as by disregarding scale. Emphasizing cross-contextual commonality, generic sociology tries to reveal formal "parallels" across seemingly disparate contexts. The book features the four main types of cross-contextual analogies generic sociologists tend to use (cross-cultural, cross-historical, cross-domain, as well as cross-level), disregarding conventionally noted substantive differences in order to note conventionally disregarded formal equivalences"--
Tiempo privado y Tiempo público. Acta Sociológica núm. 49, 2009 by Eviatar Zerubavel( )

1 edition published in 2009 in Spanish and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taken for Granted : The Remarkable Power of the Unremarkable by Eviatar Zerubavel( )

2 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancestors and relatives : genealogical visions of family, ethnicity, race, and humanity by Eviatar Zerubavel( Book )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fang jian li de da xiang : Sheng huo zhong de chen mo he fou ren = The elephant in the room by Eviatar Zerubavel( Book )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in Chinese and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu gong fen 7 zhang, Bao kuo:he mou de chen mo, Fou ren de gui ze, Fou ren de xin tiao, Fou ren de she hui jie gou, Da po chen mo deng
The sociotemporal structure of the hospital a study in the sociology of time by Eviatar Zerubavel( Book )

6 editions published between 1900 and 1979 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tiempo privado y Tiempo público by Eviatar Zerubavel( )

3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in Spanish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chen mo chuan mou zhe : ri chang sheng huo zhong de jian mo yu zong rong = The elephant in the room : silence and denial in everyday life by Eviatar Zerubavel( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in Chinese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The elephant in the room : silence and denial in everyday life
The clockwork muse : a practical guide to writing theses, dissertations, and booksAncestors and relatives : genealogy, identity, and communityTime maps : collective memory and the social shape of the pastHidden rhythms : schedules and calendars in social lifeTerra cognita : the mental discovery of AmericaSocial mindscapes : an invitation to cognitive sociologyThe fine line : making distinctions in everyday lifePatterns of time in hospital life : a sociological perspectiveAncestors and relatives : genealogical visions of family, ethnicity, race, and humanity
Alternative Names
Eviatar Zerubavel Ameerika Ühendriikide sotsioloog

Eviatar Zerubavel israelischer Soziologe und Autor

Eviatar Zerubavel socheolaí Meiriceánach

Eviatar Zerubavel sociòleg estatunidenc

Eviatar Zerubavel sociólogo estadounidense

Eviatar Zerubavel sociologue américain

Eviatar Zerubavel socioloog uit Israël

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English (258)

Italian (15)

Spanish (4)

Chinese (3)