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Toward a Sociology of the Trace - Herman Gray

Toward a Sociology of the Trace

By: Herman Gray (Editor), Macarena Gomez-Barris (Editor)


Published: 28th July 2010
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Using culture as an entry point, and informed by the work of contemporary social theorists, the essays in this volume identify and challenge sites where the representational dimension of social life produces national identity through scripts of belonging, or traces.
The contributors utilize empirically based studies of social policy, political economy, and social institutions to offer a new way of looking at the creation of meaning, representation, and memory. They scrutinize subjects such as narratives in the U.S. coal industry's change from digging mines to removing mountaintops; war-related redress policies in post-World War II Japan; views of masculinity linked to tequila, Pancho Villa, and the Mexican Revolution; and the politics of subjectivity in 1970s political violence in Thailand.
Contributors: Sarah Banet-Weiser, U of Southern California; Barbara A. Barnes, U of California, Berkeley; Marie Sarita Gaytan; Avery F. Gordon, U of California, Santa Barbara; Tanya McNeill, U of California, Santa Cruz; Sudarat Musikawong, Willamette U; Akiko Naono, U of Kyushu; Rebecca R. Scott, U of Missouri.


Prologue: Traces in the Social World

Macarena Gomez-Barris and Herman Gray

1. Toward a Sociology of the Trace

Macarena Gomez-Barris and Herman Gray

Part I. Cartographies of Belonging

2. The Prisoner's Curse

Avery F. Gordon

3. A Nation of Families: The Codification and (Be)longings of Heteropatriarchy

Tanya McNeill

4. Culture, Masculinity, and the Time after Race

Herman Gray

5. Producing Sacrificial Subjects for the Nation: Japan's War-related Redress Policy and the Endurance Doctrine

Akiko Naono

Part II. Spectacles of Consumption

6. Coal Heritage/Coal History: Progress, Tourism, and Mountaintop Removal

Rebecca R. Scott

7. Ecoadventures in the American West: Innocence, Conflict, and Nation Making in Emptied Landscapes

Barbara A. Barnes

Part III. Managing and Reconciling Memory

8. Drinking the Nation and Making Masculinity: Tequila, the Revolution, and Mexican Identity

Marie Sarita Gaytan

9. Reinscribing Memory through the Other 9/11

Macarena Gomez-Barris

10. Between Celebration and Mourning: Political Violence in Thailand in the 1970s

Sudarat Musikawong

Afterword: Traces in Social Worlds

Sarah Banet-Weiser



ISBN: 9780816655984
ISBN-10: 0816655987
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 28th July 2010
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.41