Landscape, Memory and History: Anthropological Perspectives

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Overview

How do people perceive the land around them, and how is that perception changed by history? The contributors explore this question from an anthropological angle, assessing the connections between place, space, identity, nationalism, history and memory in a variety of different settings around the world. Taking historical change and memory as key themes, they offer a broad study that will appeal to a readership across the social sciences. Contributors from North America, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Europe explore a wide variety of case studies that includes seascapes in Jamaica; the Solomon Islands; the forests of Madagascar; Aboriginal and European notions of landscape in Australia; place and identity in 19th century maps and the bogs of Ireland; contemporary concerns over changing landscapes in Papua New Guinea; and representations of landscape and history in the poetry of the Scottish Borders.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745319674
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 5/20/2003
  • Series: Anthropology, Culture and Society
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Both editors are at the Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, USA: Dr Pamela J. Stewart is Research Associate in Anthropology and Dr Andrew Strathern is Mellon Professor of Anthropology.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; Pamela J. Stewart and Andrew Strathern
2. Iconic Images: Landscape and History in the Local Poetry of the Scottish Borders; JohnGray
3. Ceide Fields: Natural Histories of a Buried Landscape; Stuart McLean
4. Landscape Representations: Place and Identity in the Nineteenth Century Ordnance Survey Maps of Ireland; Angele Smith
5. Memories of Ancestry in the Forests of Madagascar; Janice Harper
6. Moon Shadows: Aboriginal and European Heroes in an Australian Landscape; Veronica Strang
7.History, Mobility and Land Use Interests of Aborigines and Farmers in the East Kimberly in North-West Australia; Ruth Lane
8. Co-present Landscapes: Routes and Rootedness as Sources of Identity in Highlands New Guinea; Michael O'Hanlon and Linda Frankland
9. Island Builders: Landscape and Historicity among the Langalanga, Solomon Islands; Pei-yi Guo
10. Biography, Ecology, Political Economy: Seascape and Conflict in Jamaica; James G. Carrier
Epilogue; Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart

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