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The "Dead and their Double Duties": Mourning, Melancholia and the Martyred Intellectual Memorials in Bangladesh.

Mookherjee, N. (2007) The "Dead and their Double Duties": Mourning, Melancholia and the Martyred Intellectual Memorials in Bangladesh. Space and Culture : International Journal of Social Spaces, 10 (2). pp. 271-291. ISSN 1552-8308

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Abstract

Memorialization of valor and losses through war memorials unquestioningly presume that material objects stand for and embody memory. In exploring this relationship, this article focuses on the evocation of mourning and melancholia in the annual commemorations at the site of two war memorials dedicated to the Martyred Intellectuals of the Bangladesh War of 1971. Following a discussion of the increased ethnographic reconceptualization of culture in spatialized ways, the article examines the role of the built environment in simulating an emotional experience for its visitors. The article argues that the different evocations of mourning and melancholia at these memorials are a reflection of the middle-class aesthetics and the political trajectory of Bangladesh since the 1971 war and in the present. This highlights the links among memorialization, the current socio-political condition, differing practices and responses of the visitors, and the historicity of the urban spaces in which the memorials are situated.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Space and Culture : International Journal of Social Spaces
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Sociology
Uncontrolled Keywords: war memorials • dead • intellectuals • melancholia • memory • Bangladesh War
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 3467
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2008 15:30
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:39
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3467

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