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

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

by Jennifer Cole
     
 


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,… See more details below

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.

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
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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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