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

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"The best book-length study of colonial memory available... Cole provides a way out of the dichotomy in which memory is viewed as either individual or 'collective.'" —Rosalind Shaw, coeditor of Syncretism/Anti-Syncretism/ The Politics of Religious Synthesis

"A remarkably lucid and self-assured analysis of social memory... The book is a pleasure to read." —Michael Lambek, author of Knowledge and Practice in Mayotte

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

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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
  • 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

List of Illustrations and Maps
Note on the Text
1 Introduction 1
2 Colonial Interventions into Betsimisaraka Life 35
3 Local Worlds: Daily Village Life 66
4 Between Memory and History: Betsimisaraka Imagine the Past 102
5 The Power in the Past and the Colonial in the Ancestral 135
6 Memory: Official and Unofficial 170
7 Reversing Figure and Ground: The Memory of the 1947 Rebellion and the Elections of 1992-93 223
8 Constructing a Betsimisaraka Memoryscape 274
Epilogue. Looking Back: Memoryscapes in Time 301
Notes 305
Glossary 327
References 335
Index 357
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