Locality And Belonging

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Locality and Belonging provides an international overview of the close relationship between territory and cultural identity. The issue of 'belonging' has long been recognized as crucial to the study of identity within anthropology. Here, contributors from Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, France and the UK present rigorous case studies of 'belonging' from the UK, South Africa, Argentina, Zanzibar, Amazonia, Indonesia and West Africa. Among the themes explored are:
* space, memory and ethnicity
* the mnemonic use of objects
* mythologies of football and history
* use of 'natural features' of the environment
* nationhood and post-colonial identity making.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Foreword
Introduction 1
1 The rootedness of trees: place as cultural and natural texture in rural southwest Congo 25
2 Wild gods, containing wombs and moving pots: emplacement and transience in Watchi belonging 53
3 Powers of place: landscape, territory and local belonging in Northwest Amazonia 78
4 Origin and ritual exchange as transformative belonging in the Balinese temple 103
5 Spirit possession as historical narrative: the production of identity and locality in Zanzibar Town 125
6 The need for a 'bit of history': place and past in English identity 147
7 The politics of locality: memories of District Six in Cape Town 168
8 The potrero and the pibe: territory and belonging in the mythical account of Argentinean football 189
Index 211
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