Nostalgia is intimately connected to the history of the social sciences in general and anthropology in particular, though finely grained ethnographies of nostalgia and loss are still scarce. Today, anthropologists have realized that nostalgia constitutes a fascinating object of study for exploring contemporary issues of the formation of identity in politics and history. Contributors to this volume consider the fabric of nostalgia in the fields of heritage and tourism, exile and diasporas, postcolonialism and postsocialism, business and economic exchange, social, ecological and religious movements, and nation building. They contribute to a better understanding of how individuals and groups commemorate their pasts, and how nostalgia plays a role in the process of remembering.
Olivia Ange obtained her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles. After being a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford, she currently is a postdoctoral fellow at the Quai Branly Museum, as well as an associate researcher at the ULB and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Her fieldwork in the Andes mainly focuses on barter, ritual and cultural transmission. David Berliner is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Universite Libre de Bruxelles, and the coeditor of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale. He has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Guinea-Conakry and Laos. His topics of research are social memory, cultural transmission and the politics of heritage.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Anthropology of Nostalgia - Anthropology as Nostalgia Olivia Ange and David Berliner Chapter 1. Are Anthropologists Nostalgist? David Berliner Chapter 2. Missing Socialism Again? The Malaise of Nostalgia in Post-Soviet Lithuania Gediminas Lankauskas Chapter 3. The Politics of Nostalgia in the Aftermath of Socialism's Collapse: A Case for Comparative Analysis Maya Nadkarni and Olga Shevchenko Chapter 4. Why Postimperial Trumps Postsocialist: Crying back the National Past in Hungary Chris Hann Chapter 5. Consuming Communism: Material Cultures of Nostalgia in Former East Germany Jonathan Bach Chapter 6. The Key from (to) Sepharad: Nostalgia for a Lost Country Joseph Josy Levy and Inaki Olazabal Chapter 7. Nostalgia and the Discovery of Loss: Essentializing the Turkish Cypriot Past Rebecca Bryant Chapter 8. Social and Economic Performativity of Nostalgic Narratives in Andean Barter Fairs Olivia Ange Chapter 9. Wither Left-Wing Nostalgia Petra Rethmann Afterword: On Anthropology's Nostalgia: Looking Back/Seeing Ahead William Cunningham Bissell Notes on Contributors Index
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