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Ghosts of Memory: Essays on Remembrance and Relatedness

Ghosts of Memory: Essays on Remembrance and Relatedness

Janet Carsten (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-69230-1

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

272 pages

Description

Ghosts of Memory provides an overview of literature on relatedness and memory and then moves beyond traditional approaches to the subject, exploring the subtle and complex intersections between everyday forms of relatedness in the present and memories of the past.

  • Explores how various subjects are located in personal and familial histories that connect to the wider political formations of which they are a part
  • Closely examines diverse and intriguing case studies, e.g. Catholic residents of a decayed railway colony in Bengal, and sex workers in London
  • Brings together original essays authored by contemporary experts in the field
  • Draws on anthropology, literature, memory studies, and social history
Contributors.

Acknowledgments.

1. Introduction: Ghosts of Memory: Janet Carsten (University of Edinburgh).

2. Ruins and Ghosts: The Domestic Uncanny and the Materialization of Anglo-Indian Genealogies in Kharagpur: Laura Bear (London School of Economics and Political Science).

3. Enlivened Memories: Recalling Absence and Loss in Mongolia: Rebecca Empson (University of Cambridge).

4. Connections and Disconnections of Memory and Kinship in Narratives of Adoption Reunions in Scotland: Janet Carsten (University of Edinburgh).

5. Memories of Movement and the Stillness of Place: Kinship Memory in the Polish Highlands: Frances Pine (Goldsmiths College, University of London).

6. Moving on? Generating Homes in the Future for Displaced Northern Muslims in Sri Lanka: Sharika Thiranagama (University of Edinburgh).

7. Belonging to What? Jewish Mixed Kinship and Historical Disruption in Twentieth-Century Europe: Stephan Feuchtwang (London School of Economics and Political Science).

8. Threading Time in the Biographies of London Sex Workers: Sophie Day (Goldsmiths College, University of London).

9. Kinship, Memory, and Time in the Lives of HIV/AIDS Patients in a North American City: Veena Das (Johns Hopkins University) and Lori Leonard (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health).

10. The Cares of Alice Alder: Recuperating Kinship and History in Switzerland: Michael Lambek (London School of Economics and Political Science).

Index

"A welcome addition offering rich ethnographic cross-cultural accounts and successfully demonstrates how the work of memory plays out in intimate, informal, non-ritualistic, everyday forms and practices of kinship." (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, March 2009)

  • Explores how various subjects are located in personal and familial histories that connect to the wider political formations of which they are a part
  • Closely examines diverse and intriguing case studies, e.g. Catholic residents of a decayed railway colony in Bengal, and sex workers in London
  • Brings together original essays authored by contemporary experts in the field
  • Draws on anthropology, literature, memory studies, and social history