Posthumous Reputational Networks

Kenneth H. Craik

in Reputation

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195330922
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199868292 | DOI:
 Posthumous Reputational Networks

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The theoretical framework advanced in this book generates not just one but three reputational networks for each person: the lifetime, transitional, and posthumous reputational networks. Following the death of a notable person, a transition period occurs during which a chorus of survivors and keepers of the flame within the person’s lifetime reputational network coexist with an emerging network of writers and scholars who may never have met the biographical figure but begin to investigate, write about, and discuss the person’s lifelong conduct. Over several decades, the lifetime reputational network fades away, bowing out to a sometimes large and lively posthumous reputational network. In the case of major cultural figures, such as George Washington, the posthumous reputational network is even more extensive, encompassing most citizens of a nation and extending into posterity.

Keywords: lifetime reputational network; transitional reputational network; posthumous reputational network; biographical figures; cultural figures; posterity; chorus of survivors; keepers of the flame

Chapter.  9472 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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