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The Production of a Memorial Place: Materialising Expressions of Grief

Petersson, Anna LU (2010) In Deathscapes: Spaces for Death, Dying, Mourning and Remembrance
Abstract
This chapter will look at why, how and in what way a spontaneous memorial may develop: from an immediate act to a more planned place of grief and remembrance (Clark and Franzmann 2006, Nieminen Kristofersson 2006, Klaasens, Groote and Huigen 2009). Of special importance for this investigation are the noticeable differences in attitudes to and growths of roadside memorials revealed by data gleaned from interviews that I conducted with informants in 2005 on the subject of recent Swedish roadside memorialisation. As well as the various viewpoints on the production of memorials on public ground found in two applications requesting to erect memorials on sites of individual deaths in the city of Malmö, Sweden, sent to and responded by the... (More)
This chapter will look at why, how and in what way a spontaneous memorial may develop: from an immediate act to a more planned place of grief and remembrance (Clark and Franzmann 2006, Nieminen Kristofersson 2006, Klaasens, Groote and Huigen 2009). Of special importance for this investigation are the noticeable differences in attitudes to and growths of roadside memorials revealed by data gleaned from interviews that I conducted with informants in 2005 on the subject of recent Swedish roadside memorialisation. As well as the various viewpoints on the production of memorials on public ground found in two applications requesting to erect memorials on sites of individual deaths in the city of Malmö, Sweden, sent to and responded by the Streets and Parks Department in Malmö.

In order to illustrate these perspectives this text will start with presenting some examples from the 2005 interview survey. Thereafter a presentation of the two requests, and the statements issued to them, will be made. I will then move on to discuss the given examples in the light of the anthropologist Jean-Pierre Warnier’s idea of ‘the three media of symbolization’ (Warnier 2001), dealing with the internalisation of a difficult experience in the past, and the philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva’s theory of abjection (Kristeva 1982), working on the exclusion and rejection of that which is threatening. In this discussion, I will forefront the material world as an important media for expressing, communicating, experiencing and understanding loss and bereavement (Aynsley, Breward and Kwint 1999, Hallam and Hockey 2001, Valentine 2008: 114–23). (Less)
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grief, Spontaneous memorials, materiality, public, private
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Deathscapes: Spaces for Death, Dying, Mourning and Remembrance
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  abstract     = {This chapter will look at why, how and in what way a spontaneous memorial may develop: from an immediate act to a more planned place of grief and remembrance (Clark and Franzmann 2006, Nieminen Kristofersson 2006, Klaasens, Groote and Huigen 2009). Of special importance for this investigation are the noticeable differences in attitudes to and growths of roadside memorials revealed by data gleaned from interviews that I conducted with informants in 2005 on the subject of recent Swedish roadside memorialisation. As well as the various viewpoints on the production of memorials on public ground found in two applications requesting to erect memorials on sites of individual deaths in the city of Malmö, Sweden, sent to and responded by the Streets and Parks Department in Malmö. <br/><br>
In order to illustrate these perspectives this text will start with presenting some examples from the 2005 interview survey. Thereafter a presentation of the two requests, and the statements issued to them, will be made. I will then move on to discuss the given examples in the light of the anthropologist Jean-Pierre Warnier’s idea of ‘the three media of symbolization’ (Warnier 2001), dealing with the internalisation of a difficult experience in the past, and the philosopher and psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva’s theory of abjection (Kristeva 1982), working on the exclusion and rejection of that which is threatening. In this discussion, I will forefront the material world as an important media for expressing, communicating, experiencing and understanding loss and bereavement (Aynsley, Breward and Kwint 1999, Hallam and Hockey 2001, Valentine 2008: 114–23).},
  author       = {Petersson, Anna},
  editor       = {Madrell, Avril and Sidaway, James},
  isbn         = {9780754679752},
  keyword      = {grief,Spontaneous memorials,materiality,public,private},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Ashgate},
  series       = {Deathscapes: Spaces for Death, Dying, Mourning and Remembrance},
  title        = {The Production of a Memorial Place: Materialising Expressions of Grief},
  year         = {2010},
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