On Practical Nostalgia: Self-Prospecting among Urban Trobrianders

Debbora Battalgia

in Rhetorics of Self-Making

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1995 | ISBN: 9780520087989
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520915251 | DOI:
On Practical Nostalgia: Self-Prospecting among Urban Trobrianders

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This chapter deals with nostalgia and its relation to the postcolonial rhetorics of identity. In part, it is an outgrowth of the author's discomfort with the place nostalgia has come to occupy in the literatures of anthropology and cultural studies. While recognizing how “nativistic nostalgia” may obscure or deny issues of social inequality, and that Euro-American nostalgia for “tradition” and “otherness” is a dangerous motivator of scholarly quests, this chapter examines the assumption that nostalgia has a categorically negative social value for indigenous actors.

Keywords: nostalgia; rhetorics of identity; cultural studies; anthropology; Euro-American nostalgia; nativism

Chapter.  8886 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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