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Rhetorics of Self-Making$
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Debbora Battaglia

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780520087989

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520087989.001.0001

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On Practical Nostalgia: Self-Prospecting among Urban Trobrianders

On Practical Nostalgia: Self-Prospecting among Urban Trobrianders

(p.77) Five On Practical Nostalgia: Self-Prospecting among Urban Trobrianders
Rhetorics of Self-Making

Debbora Battalgia

University of California Press

This chapter deals with nostalgia and its relation to the postcolonial rhetorics of identity. In part, it is an outgrowth of the author's discomfort with the place nostalgia has come to occupy in the literatures of anthropology and cultural studies. While recognizing how “nativistic nostalgia” may obscure or deny issues of social inequality, and that Euro-American nostalgia for “tradition” and “otherness” is a dangerous motivator of scholarly quests, this chapter examines the assumption that nostalgia has a categorically negative social value for indigenous actors.

Keywords:   nostalgia, rhetorics of identity, cultural studies, anthropology, Euro-American nostalgia, nativism

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