Where Ghosts are No More: Exploring Abandoned Lanscapes and Mnemonic Tendencies Through Material Culture in the Villages of Imber and Tyneham
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AbstractThere are many ways in which society accommodates and remembers historical events: however, one of the most commonly used forms of remembering is in the construction of physical monuments or memorials. These memorials are said to be designed and determined by the community and the shared memory of a person or event, yet in the creation of these spaces of remembrance and memorialization there are, according to Moriarty (1997, p. 125) and Dross (2012), dominant and dominated forms of memories: memories and memorials that exist with approval by agencies of power (dominant) and those which are created by spontaneity and devotion (dominated). Gabriel Moshenska (2010) also mentions this power of selectiveness by stating how some narratives are expressed while others are marginalized or suppressed by a dominant force. Moshenska goes further to say that in this selectiveness and power struggle the past and the landscape are re-imagined. Because of the selectiveness in how -and who- an object, person, or event is represented in permanent states is dictated by a powerful force, society tends to believe that those are the only versions of the history in existence. But the standard forms of memorialization through paint, concrete, marble, or bronze are not the only conduits to remembering the past.
CitationRodriguez-Franco, C. (2017). Where Ghosts are No More: Exploring Abandoned Lanscapes and Mnemonic Tendencies Through Material Culture in the Villages of Imber and Tyneham (Master's thesis). University of Chester, United Kingdom.
PublisherUniversity of Chester
TypeThesis or dissertation
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