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- DescriptionRebuilding Shattered Worlds explores the ways a demolished neighborhood in Easton, Pennsylvania, still resonates in the imaginations of displaced residents. Drawing on six years of ethgraphic research, the authors highlight the intersecting languages of blight, race, and place as elderly interlocutors attempt to make sense of the world they lost when urban renewal initiatives razed Syrian Town -a densely packed neighborhood of Lebanese American, Italian American, and African American residents. This ethgraphy of remembering shows how former residents engage collective memory-making through their shared place, language, and class position within the larger cityscape. Demonstrating the creative power of linguistic resources, material traces, and absent spaces, Rebuilding Shattered Worlds brings together insights from linguistic anthropology and material studies, foregrounding the role language plays in signaling pastness.
- Author BiographyAndrea L. Smith is a professor of anthropology at Lafayette College, the author of Colonial Memory and Postcolonial Europe: Maltese Settlers in Algeria and France, and the editor of Europe's Invisible Migrants: Consequences of the Colonists' Return. Anna Eisenstein is a doctoral candidate in the department of anthropology at the University of Virginia.
- Author(s)Andrea L. Smith,Anna Eisenstein
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/09/2016
- SubjectLocal History, Names & Genealogy
- Series TitleAnthropology of Contemporary North America
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Note13 photos, 4 maps, 4 illustrations
- Weight313 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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