Forget Colonialism?

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

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 378 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 23.88mm | 499g
  • Berkerley, United States
  • English
  • 20 b-w photographs, 5 maps.
  • 0520228464
  • 9780520228467
  • 1,968,139

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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
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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
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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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"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
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About Jennifer Cole

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