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ReputationA Network Interpretation$
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Kenneth H. Craik

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195330922

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195330922.001.0001

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Posthumous Reputational Networks

Posthumous Reputational Networks

(p.173) 9 Posthumous Reputational Networks

Kenneth H. Craik

Oxford University Press

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

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