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The Graves of TarimGenealogy and Mobility across the Indian Ocean$
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Engseng Ho

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244535

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244535.001.0001

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The Society of the Absent

The Society of the Absent

(p.3) Chapter 1 The Society of the Absent
The Graves of Tarim

Engseng Ho

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the importance of the place of death to a society of migrants. It explains that unlike other individuals who claim entitlement issuing from place of birth, the place of death is more important for migrants because it often becomes the site of burial and it is the tombstones abroad that acknowledge the shift in allegiance that migrants take whole lifetimes or more to come to terms with. The chapter suggests that a gravestone is a sign whose silent presence marks an absence and that the idea of a grave comprehends the many experiences of migration much better than that of globalization.

Keywords:   place of death, migrants, site of burial, tombstones, gravestone, globalization

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