Memory Work: Archaeologies of Material Practices

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Barbara J. Mills, William H. Walker
School for Advanced Research Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Social Science - 300 pages
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Memory making is a social practice that links people and things together across time and space and ultimately has material consequences. The intersection of matter and social practice becomes archaeologically visible through the deposits created during social activities. Memories are made, not just experienced, and their material traces allow us to understand the materiality of these practices. Indeed, materiality is not just material culture repackaged. Instead, it is about the interaction of humans and materials within a set of cultural relationships. In this book the authors focus on a set of case studies that illustrate how social memories were made through repeated, patterned, and engaged social practices. Memory work also refers to the interpretive activities scholars perform when studying social memory. The contributors to this volume share a common goal to map out the different ways in which to study social memories in past societies programmatically and tangibly.

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Barbara J. Mills is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

William H. Walker is an associate professor of anthropology at New Mexico State University.

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