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5.0 out of 5 stars Martyrdom and Memory, 5 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: Martyrdom and Memory: Early Christian Culture Making (Gender, Theory, and Religion) (Hardcover)
'Martyrdom and Memory' adopts an original perspective quite different to the majority of literature focusing on martyrdom. The author's intention to focus upon the significance of martyrdom and not on the historicity of the 'acts' is refreshing and insightful.

The multidisciplinary approach combines sociology, anthropology and patristics to help the reader understand the true impact of martyrdom upon the development of early Christian identity.
The emphasis on 'collective memory' and the constructive power of text to form community identity and values is particularly interesting and has many parallels with more recent nationalist literature which, by its very textuality, has the ability to construct communities and communal identities.
'Martrydom and Memory' is an invaluable companion to current scholarship focusing on the social significance of the body in late antiquity, and to those works influenced by 'Communication Studies', analysing the performative and constructive value of bodies as visual media.
This book is the first book that I have read that has successfully acknowledged the real significance of martyrdom upon the development of early Christianity. I would recommend it to any student of theology, sociology, anthropology as well as to the interested armchair reader.
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