Memories Cast in Stone
The Relevance of the Past in Everyday Life
By (author) David E. Sutton
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Memories Cast in Stone by David E. Sutton
Book DescriptionHow does the past matter in the present? How is a feeling of 'ownership' of the past expressed in people's everyday lives? Should continuity with the distant past be seen as simply a nationalist fiction or is it transformed by local historical imagination? While recent anthropological studies have focused on reconstructing disputed histories, this book examines the multiple ways in which the past is used by people as a critical resource for interpreting the meanings of a changing present. It poses the issue of the felt relevance of the past in constructing present day identities. The Greek island of Kalymnos is a barren and seemingly bucolic setting of tourist imagination. But its history has been one of almost continuous occupation by foreign powers and of often fierce resistance. This has made Kalymnians particularly sensitive to seeing their island in a much wider context and to understanding the 'games played by the powerful'. In examining changing gender relations, European integration, and local perceptions of the war in the former Yugoslavia, this book brings together local, national and international perspectives in a unified field. Controversial contemporary practices of dynamite throwing and dowry giving serve as tropes through which Kalymnians explore alternative ways of living in a changing world. Further, the author argues persuasively for the crucial importance of situated fieldwork in 'peripheral'places in understanding the issues and conflicts of a transnational world. This book serves as an highly readable case study of the complex connections between local and global discourses and practices, and how they are shaped by their relationship to the past.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781859739488
(216mm x 140mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jun-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David E. Sutton
Secrets from the Greek Kitchen, Paperback (September 2014)
Explores how cooking skills, practices, and knowledge on the island of Kalymnos are reinforced or transformed by contemporary events. This book focuses on micropractices in the kitchen, such as the cutting of onions, the use of a can opener, and the rolling of phyllo dough, along with cultural changes, such as the rise of televised cooking shows.
Hollywood Blockbusters, Hardback (November 2009)
Highly engaging and accessible for students of Anthropology, Film and Media, Hollywood Blockbusters explains why Jaws, The Big Lebowski, The Godfather, Field of Dreams and The Village have such an enduring appeal.
Remembrance of Repasts, Hardback (January 2001)» View all books by David E. Sutton
This work offers a theoretical account of the interrelationship of culture, food and memory. The Greek island of Kalymnos, where islanders claim to remember meals long past, provides the main setting for a discussion of embodiment, memory and material culture.
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Author Biography - David E. Sutton
David E. Sutton is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University.
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