Reclaiming the ancestral past: narrative, rhetoric and the ‘convict stain’

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Ronald D. Lambert, “Reclaiming the ancestral past: narrative, rhetoric and the ‘convict stain’,” Portail documentaire EnJeu[x], consulté le 19 juin 2019, https://collections.enfance-jeunesse.fr/items/show/1429.

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Statut du documentPublic
TitreReclaiming the ancestral past: narrative, rhetoric and the ‘convict stain’
CréateurRonald D. Lambert
Date06/01/2002
Langueen
TypeJournal Article
AuthorRonald D. Lambert
Type de contenuJournal Article
DOI10.1177/144078302128756534
ISSN1440-7833, 1741-2978
Abstract NoteThis paper reports the arguments used by members of two convictdescendant societies in embracing their convict ancestry. The data are taken from interviews that I conducted in 1999. In the main, respondents were involved in genealogy prior to discovering their or their spouses' convict ancestry. Respondents effectively countered ancestral stigma by making two kinds of argument. In the first, they recast ancestral convicts as: objects of quasi-professional interest; nation-builders; a minority within a multicultural society; collectibles; and embodying ‘interesting stories’. The second type of argument forwarded more particularized treatments of convict ancestors by: minimizing the gravity of their offences; temporally distancing descendants from them; empathizing with them; and claiming their redemption. I offer some concluding thoughts on the sociology of memory and the place of genealogical memory workers within the family.
Access Date2015-07-09 09:55:16
Date06/01/2002
Issue2
Journal AbbreviationJournal of Sociology
Langueen
Library Catalogjos.sagepub.com
Pages111-127
Publication TitleJournal of Sociology
Short TitleReclaiming the ancestral past
TitreReclaiming the ancestral past: narrative, rhetoric and the ‘convict stain’
URLhttp://jos.sagepub.com/content/38/2/111
Volume38
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