Conclusions
The meaning of a word is determined entirely by its conte
do not stand side by side in a row, as if unaware of one ano
state of constant tension, of incessant interaction an
—Valentin Volosinov, MarxismandthePhilosophyof
It lies in the definition of negative dialectics that it will
rest in itself, as if it were total. This is its form of
—Theodor Adorno, NegativeDialectics
The primary challenge I faced in writing this book wa
patterns that constitute places while bringing to light t
permanently erode them. The bush, San Martín del T
sion station, the lands across the marshes, and the othe
in these pages are far from being well-bounded entities
ward meanings. They are unstable processes made and u
practice and through the connections these places mai
other. Memory is a major force in this integration of dis
in a single historical geography. Remembering and its s
space are constitutive of experiences of labor and locality;
tices, struggles, and hopes, and connect the places in whic
produced with vanished and contemporary landscapes.
these memories in search of the meanings and spatial te
vey, making the assumption that memory is as culturall
it is historically real, and that it is true of something.
Made historically meaningful and culturally factual
memory, the places explored in this book are torn by con
ambiguity resulting from these tensions pervades these g
a dizziness that dismantles any pretension to situate ‘‘c
well-bounded ‘‘place.’’ For most Toba, the bush is a site o
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