Ghosts of Memory: Essays on Remembrance and Relatedness

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Janet Carsten
Wiley, Apr 15, 2008 - Social Science - 272 pages
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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

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Janet Carsten is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. She is the author of The Heat of the Hearth: The Process of Kinship in a Malay Fishing Community (1997) and After Kinship (2004). She has co-edited About the House: LÚvi-Strauss and Beyond (1995) with Stephen Hugh-Jones, and edited Cultures of Relatedness: New Approaches to the Study of Kinship (2000). Her current research deals with new approaches to kinship in anthropology, adoption reunions, kinship and memory.

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