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An Anthropology of Absence

Materializations of Transcendence and Loss

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In studying material culture, anthropologists and archaeologists use meaningful physical objects from a culture to help understand the less tangible aspects of that culture, such as societal structure, rituals, and values. What happens when these objects are destroyed, by war, natural disaster, or other historical events? Through detailed explanations of eleven international case studies, the contributions reveal that the absence of objects can be just as telling as their presence, while the objects created to memorialize a loss also have important cultural implications. Covering everything from organ donation, to funerary rituals, to prisoners of war, The Archaeology of Absence is written at an important intersection of archaeological and anthropological study. Divided into three sections, this volume uses the "presence" of absence to compare cultural perceptions of: material qualities and created memory, the mind/body connection, temporality, and death. This rich text provides a strong theoretical framework for anthropologists and archaeologists studying material culture.
Release date Australia
April 1st, 2010
Contributors
Edited by Frida Hastrup Edited by Mikkel Bille Edited by Tim Flohr Soerensen
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
10 Tables, black and white; XI, 221 p.
Imprint
Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Pages
221
Dimensions
156x234x14
ISBN-13
9781441955289
Product ID
3844091

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