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An Anthropology of Absence

Materializations of Transcendence and Loss

Editors: Bille, Mikkel, Hastrup, Frida, Soerensen, Tim Flohr (Eds.)

  • Offers a new approach to studying material culture
  • Brings together both recent and historical case studies
  • Contains in-depth, international case studies with broad theoretical applications
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In studying material culture, anthropologists and archaeologists use meaningful physical objects from a culture to help understand the less tangible aspects of that culture, such as societal structure, rituals, and values. What happens when these objects are destroyed, by war, natural disaster, or other historical events? Through detailed explanations of eleven international case studies, the contributions reveal that the absence of objects can be just as telling as their presence, while the objects created to memorialize a loss also have important cultural implications. 

Covering everything from organ donation, to funerary rituals, to prisoners of war, The Anthropology of Absence is written at an important intersection of archaeological and anthropological study. Divided into three sections, this volume uses the "presence" of absence to compare cultural perceptions of: material qualities and created memory, the mind/body connection, temporality, and death.

This rich text provides a strong theoretical framework for anthropologists and archaeologists studying material culture.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: An Anthropology of Absence

    Bille, Mikkel (et al.)

    Pages 3-22

  • People Without Things

    Fowles, Severin

    Pages 23-41

  • Missing Bodies Near-at-Hand: The Dissonant Memory and Dormant Graves of the Spanish Civil War

    Renshaw, Layla

    Pages 45-61

  • A Sense of Absence: The Staging of Heroic Deaths and Ongoing Lives among American Organ Donor Families

    Jensen, Anja Marie Bornø

    Pages 63-80

  • Derivative Presence: Loss and Lives in Limbo in the West Bank

    Buch, Lotte

    Pages 83-97

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eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4899-8336-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
An Anthropology of Absence
Book Subtitle
Materializations of Transcendence and Loss
Editors
  • Mikkel Bille
  • Frida Hastrup
  • Tim Flohr Soerensen
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-5529-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-5529-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4419-5528-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4899-8336-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 221
Topics