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Consoling GhostsStories of Medicine and Mourning from Southeast Asians in Exile$
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Jean M. Langford

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816687176

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816687176.001.0001

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Afterlives

Afterlives

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Afterlives
Source:
Consoling Ghosts
Author(s):

Jean M. Langford

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816687176.003.0001

Through a montage of anecdotes, I introduce central themes of the book: the histories of violence that provoke haunting, the implications of material rather than symbolic interchange with the dead, the latent theology that informs modern management of death, and the authorization of the dead to talk back to biopolitics.

Keywords:   death, spirits, violence, materiality, haunting, mourning

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