In Social Memory and History, a group of anthropologists, sociologists, social linguists, gerontologists, and historians explore the ways in which memory reconstructs the past and constructs the present. A substantial introduction by the editors outlines the key issues in the understanding of social memory: its nature and process, its personal and political implications, the crisis in memory, and the relationship between social and individual memory. Ten cross-cultural case studies-groups ranging from Kiowa songsters, Burgundian farmers, elderly Phildelaphia whites, Chilean political activists, American immigrants to Israel, and Irish working class women-then explore how social memory transmits culture or contests it at the individual, community, and national levels in both tangible and symbolic spheres.
Climo is an anthropologist at Michigan State University. Cattell is a research associate in anthropology at The Field Museum, Chicago.
Part 1 Introduction: Meaning in Social Memory and History: Anthropological Perspectives Part 2 Part I: Continuity in Memory, History, and Culture Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Exploring Venues of Social Memory Chapter 4 Chapter 2: It Wasn't a Woman's World: Memory Construction and the Culture of Control in a North of Ireland Parish Chapter 5 Chapter 3: A Personal History of Memory Chapter 6 Chapter 4: Remembering the Past, Re-Membering the Present: Elders' Constructions of Place and Self in a Philadelphia Neighborhood Chapter 7 Chapter 5: The Cemetery: A Site for Construction of Memory, Identity, and Ethnicity Chapter 8 Chapter 6: Memories of the American Jewish Aliyah: Connecting Individual and Collective Experience Part 9 Part II Contested Memory and History Chapter 10 Chapter 7: Kiowa: On Song and Memory Chapter 11 Chapter 8: Symbolic Violence and Language: Mexico and Its Uses of Symbols Part 12 Part III Reconciliation and Redress Chapter 13 Chapter 9: Remembering and Forgetting: Creative Expression and Reconciliation in Post-Pinochet Chile Chapter 14 Chapter 10: The Meshingomesia Indian Village Schoolhouse in Memory and History Part 15 Bibliography Part 16 Index Part 17 About the Authors