An Anthropology of Absence: Materializations of by Mikkel Bille,Frida Hastrup,Tim Flohr Soerensen

By Mikkel Bille,Frida Hastrup,Tim Flohr Soerensen

In learning fabric tradition, anthropologists and archaeologists use significant actual gadgets from a tradition to aid comprehend the fewer tangible facets of that tradition, akin to societal constitution, rituals, and values. What occurs while those gadgets are destroyed, through warfare, normal catastrophe, or different old occasions? via distinct causes of 11 overseas case experiences, the contributions exhibit that the absence of gadgets may be simply as telling as their presence, whereas the items created to memorialize a loss even have vital cultural implications.


Covering every little thing from organ donation, to funerary rituals, to prisoners of battle, The Archaeology of Absence is written at a huge intersection of archaeological and anthropological examine. Divided into 3 sections, this quantity makes use of the "presence" of absence to check cultural perceptions of: fabric features and created reminiscence, the mind/body connection, temporality, and death.


This wealthy textual content offers a powerful theoretical framework for anthropologists and archaeologists learning fabric culture.

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