Forget Colonialism?: Sacrifice and the Art of Memory in Madagascar / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520228467
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/2001
  • Series: Ethnographic Studies in Subjectivity Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 378
  • Sales rank: 1,249,185
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Cole is a cultural anthropologist and member of the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago.

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Table of Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations and Maps
Acknowledgments
Note on the Text
Abbreviations
Chapter 1.
Introduction
Chapter 2. Colonial
Interventions into Betsimisaraka Life
Chapter 3. Local Worlds: Daily Village Life
Chapter 4. Between Memory and History: Betsimisaraka Imagine the Past
Chapter 5. The Power in the Past and the Colonial in the Ancestral
Chapter 6. Memory: Official and Unofficial
Chapter 7. Reversing Figure and Ground: The Memory of the 1947 Rebellion and the Elections of 1992-93
Chapter 8. Constructing a Betsimisaraka Memoryscape
Epilogue: Looking Back: Memoryscapes in Time
Notes
Glossary
References

Index

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