The Political Lives of Dead Bodies: Reburial and Postsocialist Change

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Columbia University Press, 7 apr. 1999 - 208 pagina's
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Since 1989, scores of bodies across Eastern Europe have been exhumed and brought to rest in new gravesites. Katherine Verdery investigates why certain corpses—the bodies of revolutionary leaders, heroes, artists, and other luminaries, as well as more humble folk—have taken on a political life in the turbulent times following the end of Communist Party rule, and what roles they play in revising the past and reorienting the present. Enlivening and invigorating the dialogue on postsocialist politics, this imaginative study helps us understand the dynamic and deeply symbolic nature of politics—and how it can breathe new life into old bones.
 

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In this intriguing book, anthropologist Verderyby her own admission a student of dead-body politicspoints out that some corpses have lived interesting livesabove all in Eastern Europe since the fall ... Volledige review lezen

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DEAD BODIES ANIMATE THE STUDY OF POLITICS
23
Why Dead Bodies?
27
Reordering Worlds of Meaning
33
Authority Politics and the Sacred
37
Moral Order
38
Reconfiguring Space and Time
39
National Identities and Social Relations
40
THE RESTLESS BONES OF BISHOP INOCGENTIE MICU
55
Reorganizing World Religions
84
Inochentie Comes Home
88
GIVING PROPER BURIAL RECONFIGURING SPACE AND TIME
95
Former Yugoslavia Land of Graves
98
Reconfiguring Space
103
Ancestors Soil and Nations
104
Ancestors and Proper Burial
106
Reconfiguring Time
111

Who Was Bishop Inochentie Micu?
58
Inochentie Begins to Stir
65
Competition Over Property
66
Troubles Within Romanian Orthodoxy
72
Competition Around Romanian Identity
74
Inochenties Biography and the Question of Sentiment
77
Competition in the Religious Market
79
Time Compression and the Shapes of History
115
Reconfigured Temporalities and Alternative Political Projects
120
Notes
129
References
167
Index
177
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Over de auteur (1999)

Katherine Verdery is Eric R. Wolf Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. She is the author of What Was Socialism, and What Comes Next?; National Ideology Under Socialism; and Transylvanian Villagers.

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