The Political Lives of Dead Bodies.

Katherine
Verdery

The author is the former chair of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University and now holds the Eric Wolf chair at the University of Michigan. In this book, she extends her intriguing research on postsocialist regimes in East Europe by examining the way both actual dead bodies--as well as signifiers (such as statues) of dead bodies--are used for political purposes. Her careful study, which has unearthed stories that are evocative even as they are informative, may well change how we think about how the dead actually do influence the living.

Daniel – Fri, 06/19/2009 – 08:32