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Social archaeology and the theatres of memory

Hall, M 2001, 'Social archaeology and the theatres of memory' , Journal of Social Archaeology, 1 (1) , pp. 50-61.

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Abstract

Archaeology is a study of ways in which we express ourselves through the things that we make and use, collect, discard and take for granted, all archaeology is social archaeology. And, because the past is always part of the present, social archaeology is closely concerned with the construction of memory. This has been particularly evident in representations of South Africa’s past during a time of extensive social transformation. Within a short span of time, the celebration of an enduring white domination has been superceded by the recollections of a dismantled apartheid. Material culture - the tangible traces of memory - plays a central part in this theatre of memory.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: apartheid; colonialism; material culture; memory; museums; South Africa
Themes: Subjects / Themes > C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Memory, Text and Place
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Strategic Leadership Team
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Archaeology
Publisher: Sage
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1469-6053
Depositing User: AL Sherwin
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2009 11:04
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:02
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2629

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