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Petri Hautaniemi, Helena Jerman, Sharon Macdonald (Eds.)
Anthropological Perspectives on Social Memory
Reihe: Anthropological Journal on European Cultures
Bd. 15, 2007, 152 S., 29.90 EUR, 29.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-8258-9897-7, ISSN 0960-0604
Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures This volume of articles explores social memory as a phenomenon by addressing the complex relationship between embodied memory, history, time and space. The studies richly demonstrate how objects and substances may be significant media through which past and present are shared within communities, and also how specific sites, such as bodies, dwellings or geopolitical places, may be so as well. Articles also present reflections on the challenges of gathering field material, of being reflexive and of reaching beyond the time and space of the immediate field context. All of the articles in this volume are based on high quality ethnographic research. While all are self-standing and grounded in individual research projects, they nevertheless complement each other and can be seen as interconnected. They not only address the complex relationship between history and memory, and between past and present, but also - in many different and challenging ways - show how social memory is implicated in orientations towards the future.