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Rebuilding Shattered Worlds : Creating Community by Voicing the Past (Paperback) (Andrea L. Smith)

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Rebuilding Shattered Worlds explores the ways a demolished neighborhood in Easton, Pennsylvania, still resonates in the imaginations of displaced residents. Drawing on six years of ethnographic 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 ethnography 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.” 
Number of Pages: 190
Genre: Social Science, History
Series Title: Anthropology of Contemporary North America
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
Author: Andrea L. Smith
Language: English
Street Date: October 1, 2016
TCIN: 51624587
UPC: 9780803290587
Item Number (DPCI): 248-26-5330
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