Engaging colonial nostalgia

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dc.contributor.author Bissell, William Cunningham
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-26T18:16:49Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-26T18:16:49Z
dc.date.issued 2005-05
dc.identifier.citation Bissell, W. C. (2005) "Engaging colonial nostalgia." Cultural Anthropology 20 (2): 215-248. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10385/855
dc.description.abstract When contemporary Africans express nostalgia for the colonial past, how are we to make sense of such sentiments? Anthropologists have tended to ignore colonial nostalgia, reacting with dismissal or distaste. This article seeks to account for this avoidance, exploring nostalgia as a crucial source for anthropology and a constitutive feature of Western modernity. Nostalgic sentiments of loss and longing are shaped by specific cultural concerns and struggles; like other forms of memory practice, these desires must be engaged with in ethnographic terms and located within the changing contours of a contested social landscape. In urban Zanzibar, I argue that colonial nostalgia has emerged in a postrevolutionary context and is best understood as a diverse set of responses to neoliberal policies of urban restructuring. en_US
dc.publisher Cultural Anthropology en_US
dc.subject cities
dc.subject social memory
dc.subject neoliberalism
dc.subject nostalgia
dc.subject Zanzibar
dc.title Engaging colonial nostalgia en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.doi DOI: 10.1525/can.2005.20.2.215

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