Forget Colonialism?: Sacrifice and the Art of Memory in Madagascar

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University of California Press, 2001 - History - 361 pages
While doing fieldwork in a village in east Madagascar that had suffered both heavy settler colonialism and a bloody anticolonial rebellion, Jennifer Cole found herself confronted by a puzzle. People in the area had lived through almost a century of intrusive French colonial rule, but they appeared to have forgotten the colonial period in their daily lives. Then, during democratic elections in 1992-93, the terrifying memories came flooding back. Cole asks, How do once-colonized peoples remember the colonial period? Drawing on a fine-grained ethnography of the social practices of remembering and forgetting in one community, she develops a practice-based approach to social memory.

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Colonial Interventions into Betsimisaraka Life
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Jennifer Cole is a cultural anthropologist and member of the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago.

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