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Do you recall the Oka crisis?

We know a fair amount is know about human memory – what it is, how it works, and how sometimes it fails us. Among other things as Daniel L. Schacter (2001) notes, memory is subject to blocking, misattribution, bias, persistence, and suggestibility. Two good sources, among others, about what research has revealed about memory are […]


Symbolic interactionism, some critics assert, doesn’t attend to the “big picture”

I was interested to come across a blurb about symbolic interactions. The blurb refers to what are perceived as limitations of the theory: “Critics of this theory claim that symbolic interactionism neglects the macro level of social interpretation – the ‘big picture.’ In other words, symbolic interactionists may miss the larger issues of society by focusing too closely […]


What is the meaning of contested normative valance?

Concepts such as “contested normative valance” are of value, in my view, because it’s useful to include concepts from the social sciences in the study of history. For this reason, it’s of interest to read the views of Sönke Neitzel, a historian, and Harald Welzer, a sociologist and social psychologist, regarding warfare. Similarly, it’s of […]