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The Elephant in the Room: Silence and Denial in Everyday Life

Eviatar Zerubavel

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195187175
eISBN:
9780199943371
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195187175.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

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 ... More


A Conspiracy of Silence

Eviatar Zerubavel

in The Elephant in the Room: Silence and Denial in Everyday Life

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195187175
eISBN:
9780199943371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195187175.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

The famous fourteenth-century Castilian story about a Moorish king duped by three swindlers into believing that a dazzling new suit they are supposedly weaving for him is somehow invisible to any ... More


Bats and Turkeys: Historians and Recovering the Millennial Past

Richard Landes

in Heaven on Earth: The Varieties of the Millennial Experience

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199753598
eISBN:
9780199897445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753598.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter analyzes the dilemma of social scientists dealing with apocalyptic phenomena: anthropologists can study current movements; historians can see the long-term effects, but have difficulty ... More


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