At Day's Close: Night in Times Past by A. Roger Ekirch

By A. Roger Ekirch

Bringing gentle to the shadows of heritage via a "rich weave of quotation and archival evidence" (Publishers Weekly), pupil A. Roger Ekirch illuminates the features of lifestyles regularly missed through different historians—those that spread at evening.

In this "triumph of social history" (Mail on Sunday), Ekirch's "enthralling anthropology" (Harper's) exposes the nightlife that spawned a unique tradition and a shelter from day-by-day life.

Fear of crime, of fireplace, and of the supernatural; the significance of moonlight; the elevated occurrence of ailment and dying at evening; night gatherings to spin wool and tales; masqued balls; lodges, taverns, and brothels; the innovations of thieves, assassins, and conspirators; the protecting makes use of of incantations, meditations, and prayers; the character of our predecessors' sleep and dreams—Ekirch unearths these types of and extra in his "monumental study" (The Nation) of sociocultural background, "maintaining all through an infectious feel of wonder" (Booklist).

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Implicit in this theory is the assumption that the strength of the outgroup rejection depends on the discrepancy perceived between one's own attitudes and beliefs and those attributed to members of outgroups. In order to explain individual or group differences in stereotypes and prejudice, one has to go beyond the theory and develop hypotheses about the psychological causes of the origin of stereotypes. Two theoretical approaches have been suggested: balance theory and social learning theory. , Heider, 1958), outgroup members should be perceived as holding different beliefs, because the perception of outgroup membership is balanced with the perception of belief-dissimilarity.

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