Communities of Memory and Local Histories
The contents of the memory bundle presented for
inspection in the introduction have been explored
throughout this book through an examination of ev-
eryday life and domestic space, crafting and perfor-
mance, feasting and the ballgame. My perspective on
the bundle reveals that remembering and forgetting are
both social and individual, the outcome of intersubjec-
tive relations stretched across time and space. Starting
with collective memory as inherently social (Halbwachs
1992, 1994, 1997), I have incorporated ideas about so-
cial memory, commemoration, and identity (Cole 2001;
Handler 1994; Hirst and Manier 1995). Social memory
is intimately bound up with objects, which, having
their own materiality and life histories, may be linked
with yet separated physically from individuals, social
groups, or places. Objects can transcend the limits of
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