Clearing out a cupboard: memory, materiality and transitions

John Horton, Peter Kraftl

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Abstract

Our paper is about moments in life when – perhaps in the course of leaving home, or moving house, or living-on after bereavement – we find ourselves clearing out a cupboard, sorting through its contents, sorting through a cupboard-ful of a life’s materiality. We’ll reflect on some personal memories and emotions occasioned by such a task: sometimes haunting, sometimes odd, sometimes joyful, sometimes banal. In particular, we’ll suggest that small practices with/around material things and memories are central to doing, resolving and dealing with major lifecourse events.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeography and Memory: Explorations in Identity, Place and Becoming
EditorsOwen Jones, Joanne Garde-Hansen
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Chapter1
Pages25-44
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781137284075
ISBN (Print)9780230292994, 9781349332670
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan memory studies

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Keywords

  • Memory
  • Materiality
  • Transitions

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Horton, J., & Kraftl, P. (2012). Clearing out a cupboard: memory, materiality and transitions. In O. Jones, & J. Garde-Hansen (Eds.), Geography and Memory: Explorations in Identity, Place and Becoming (pp. 25-44). (Palgrave Macmillan memory studies). Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137284075