The complexity of ignorance

  title={The complexity of ignorance},
  author={R. Belli and H. Schuman},
  journal={Qualitative Sociology},
We examine the kinds of mistakes that are frequently made when the general public is asked to identify political symbols from the past half century. A particularly striking phenomenon is inversion: the event is recalled backwards, so that Rosa Parks is remembered for having given up her seat on a bus to a white person. A second type of error occurs by linking a name to the wrong person, as when John Dean is identified as a movie actor (James Dean). Still another type of mistake involves a… Expand
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