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Introduction

in Digging Up the Dead

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780226423296
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226423326 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226423326.003.0001
Introduction

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Historically, reburial has been associated with a figurative form of resurrection—primarily the resurrection of reputation. With the passage of time, reburial has taken on a new meaning: renewed honor and often some form of reconciliation, or at least movement in the direction of reconciliation. This book is about the cultural politics of exhumation, focusing on the complexity of repatriation, a revived reverence for reputation, and the resolution of differences. Pride is at stake in burials and reburials, whether it is national pride, sectional pride, state pride, regional pride, family pride, patriotic pride, ethnic and racial pride, pride of place, or pride of possession. The compelling need to move the remains of the dead is more than symbolic; it has social, cultural, and political implications—often in varied combinations.

Keywords: reburial; resurrection; reputation; pride; cultural politics; exhumation; repatriation; burials

Chapter.  3197 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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