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ERIC Number: EJ889271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 82
ISSN: ISSN-0190-2725
Collective Forgetting and the Symbolic Power of Oneness: The Strange Apotheosis of Rosa Parks
Schwartz, Barry
Social Psychology Quarterly, v72 n2 p123-142 2009
Oneness refers to the convention of recognizing a single individual's performance and ignoring others, including those who may have performed as well. Although oneness is an adaptation to cognitive deficits, it cannot be explained by them. If long-term and working memory were more capacious, society's need for ideals to establish realm-specific standards and meanings would tend to limit recognition and renown to one individual. The apotheosis of Rosa Parks is a case in point. Her celebrity and the obscurity of others who risked and accomplished more than she are two aspects of the same social process. Revealing oneness to be a social imperative, this case study leads to a broader understanding of collective forgetting. (Contains 1 figure and 12 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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