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Truth-Spots: How Places Make People Believe

Thomas F. Gieryn


Truth-spots lend credibility to beliefs and claims about natural and social reality, about the past and future, about identity and the mystical. Such ideas or accounts inevitably have a place of provenance, a geographic location where they were found or made, a spot built up with material stuff and endowed with cultural meaning and value. For Greeks long ago, temples and statues clustered on the side of Mount Parnassus affirmed their belief that predictions from the oracle at Delphi were accurate. Today, selectively reconstructed and expertly annotated ruins convince tourists at Delphi that Ar ... More

Keywords: truth-spots, place, credibility, commemoration, museum, botanical gardens, pilgrimage, courthouses, laboratories, field sites

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226561950
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226562001.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas F. Gieryn, author
Indiana University Bloomington