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Title:Tragedies, Tourism, and the Making of Commemorative Places
Author(s):Sather-Wagstaff, Joy Marie
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Torres, Arlene
Department / Program:Anthropology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:Third, in examining the contemporary material and visual culture of travel and museums as a means through which identities, memory, and historicity are constructed over time and in space, I focus ethnographically on individuals' use of such culture rather than limit my analysis solely to the objects and images. This approach contributes to our understanding of identity, memory, historicity as dynamic, processual, mediated through polysensory experiential and narrative practices, and highly varied over time, space and communities of belonging. Fourth, in looking to the materiality and visuality of memory as expressed through vernacular practices such as folk epigraphy, commemorative assemblages and photography, I trace the popularization and formalization of such practices as contemporary phenomena for making both places and selves. As commemorative places of scale continue to emerge and incorporate vernacular memory practices and a memory industry geared towards personal historiography in the everyday grows, my work contributes to further understanding the dialogical relationships between place and identity-making across social and individual spheres.
Issue Date:2007
Description:279 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3301221
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2007

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