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Landscape, Memory and History: Anthropological Perspectives (review)

Landscape, Memory and History: Anthropological Perspectives (review) book and media reviews 473 about human possibilities” (Robbins, Landscape, Memory and History: 258). Anthropological Perspectives, edited An endorsement on the book’s back by Pamela J Stewart and Andrew cover says: “Anyone involved in the Strathern. London: Pluto Press, Pacific will be interested in this vol- 2003. Distributed in the United ume.” I would not recommend it, States by Stylus Publishing. isbn however, to anyone unfamiliar with cloth, 0-7453-1967-x; paper, 0-7453- the cargo cult literature. It is written 1966-1; vi + 246 pages, tables, maps, by scholars, for other scholars. While photographs, notes, bibliographies, a number of contributors write clear, index. Cloth, us$66.95; paper, straightforward, even eloquent prose, us$22.50. there is also the usual quota of awk- ward academic styles and off-putting This edited volume provides a useful scholarly conceits. A fine example of comparative discussion of landscapes, the latter is Hermann’s twenty-four- combining ethnographic and histori- line discourse on a practice borrowed cal narratives with aesthetic and bio- from Jacques Derrida called writing graphical accounts. Theoretically, con- “under erasure” (sous rature) (243). tributors favor process over textual In writing “under erasure,” a term analysis, viewing landscapes as sites that is deemed “inaccurate” or “inad- of contested meanings and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Landscape, Memory and History: Anthropological Perspectives (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 17 (2) – Jul 29, 2005

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2005 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

book and media reviews 473 about human possibilities” (Robbins, Landscape, Memory and History: 258). Anthropological Perspectives, edited An endorsement on the book’s back by Pamela J Stewart and Andrew cover says: “Anyone involved in the Strathern. London: Pluto Press, Pacific will be interested in this vol- 2003. Distributed in the United ume.” I would not recommend it, States by Stylus Publishing. isbn however, to anyone unfamiliar with cloth, 0-7453-1967-x; paper, 0-7453- the cargo cult literature. It is written 1966-1; vi + 246 pages, tables, maps, by scholars, for other scholars. While photographs, notes, bibliographies, a number of contributors write clear, index. Cloth, us$66.95; paper, straightforward, even eloquent prose, us$22.50. there is also the usual quota of awk- ward academic styles and off-putting This edited volume provides a useful scholarly conceits. A fine example of comparative discussion of landscapes, the latter is Hermann’s twenty-four- combining ethnographic and histori- line discourse on a practice borrowed cal narratives with aesthetic and bio- from Jacques Derrida called writing graphical accounts. Theoretically, con- “under erasure” (sous rature) (243). tributors favor process over textual In writing “under erasure,” a term analysis, viewing landscapes as sites that is deemed “inaccurate” or “inad- of contested meanings and

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 29, 2005

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