Stereotypes and Emblems in the Construction of Social Imagination

  • Michel Rautenberg
Keywords: stereotype, emblem, memory, coal-mining


This article develops two figures of the social imagination: the stereotype and the emblem. To start with we explore the notion of social imagination, principally from Emile Durkheim, Gaston Bachelard and Maurine Godelier. Secondly, the article deepens the two notions of stereotypes and emblems supported by the works of the historian Bronislaw Baczko and the anthropologist Michael Herzfeld’s. Throughout the paper, the theoretical aims are illustrated with reference to coal-mining memory and heritage in the north of France.


Author Biography

Michel Rautenberg

University of Lyon, 42023, UMR 5264 Mondes et Dynamiques des Sociétés, Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, France 

How to Cite
Rautenberg, M. (2010). Stereotypes and Emblems in the Construction of Social Imagination. Outlines. Critical Practice Studies, 12(2), 126-137. Retrieved from