Autobiographical Roots: Some Personal Odysseys

Neil J. Smelser

in The Odyssey Experience

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258976
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943421 | DOI:
Autobiographical Roots: Some Personal Odysseys

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The book's author gives an acocunt here of his life experiences. The chapter does not consider these experiences as odysseys or any other kind of generic experience and does not regard them as directly comparable to thus. The chapter considers these experiences as true and loyal memory. Those memories now are involved in reproducing in the context of new ways of thinking and remembering. These memories or experiences are unique and idiosyncratic which are constantly re-experienced and re-remembered, not because they actually change but because their interpretative context changes. The elaboration of the life experience of the author in this chapter does not describe the odyssey experience, but it incorporates and interprets the diverse phenomena.

Keywords: life; experience; phenomena; diverse; memories

Chapter.  8265 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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