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Cemetery Citizens

Reclaiming the Past and Working for Justice in American Burial Grounds

«Cemetery Citizens is timely and beautifully written.Rosenblatt challenges the death phobic living to face fears and embrace a civic duty to the dead. Not only does he force the living to reckon with the systemic oppression that left African American cemeteries unprotected and unmaintained but also convincingly argues how eco-friendly, anti-racist death care labor makes us thoughtful cemetery citizens."—Kami Fletcher, Albright College, co-founder of the Collective for Radical Death Studies»

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Forlag
Stanford University Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
286
ISBN
9781503613973
Utgivelsesår
2024
Format
23 x 15 cm

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«Cemetery Citizens is timely and beautifully written.Rosenblatt challenges the death phobic living to face fears and embrace a civic duty to the dead. Not only does he force the living to reckon with the systemic oppression that left African American cemeteries unprotected and unmaintained but also convincingly argues how eco-friendly, anti-racist death care labor makes us thoughtful cemetery citizens."—Kami Fletcher, Albright College, co-founder of the Collective for Radical Death Studies»

«Rosenblatt's book brings us up close and personal and into the beauty, yes beauty of these spaces, as well as the everyday lives of people, families, and communities focused on gravesite restoration. A fascinating view from an active participant in the reclamation of institutionally neglected and historically marginalized cemeteries. An important read for anyone interested in place-making, ancestry, preservation, American history, and Black cemeteries as sites of knowledge and public engagement."—Antoinette T. Jackson, University of South Florida, founder and director of The Black Cemetery Network»

«In graveyards where roots entangle the remains of the dead, 'cemetery citizens' work to clear the land and reclaim the memory of the marginalized who are buried there. Armed with shovels and rakes, this labor entails 'scrappy care,' but it is also driven by desires and politics of multiple kinds. Going literally into the weeds of this work 'revising' the past, Rosenblatt unearths the complex terrain at three African American cemeteries undergoing restoration. As analytically powerful as it is poetically ethnographic, Cemetery Citizens is stunningly profound in addressing how relations with the dead can be both remade and re-broken."—Anne Allison, author of Being Dead Otherwise»

«Rosenblatt's work on Cemetery Citizens profoundly shifted my perspective, not only about African American cemeteries but about all such resting places, including those in my own community. I now understand that cemeteries are more than grounds of repose; they are vital links that connect familial, historical, and cultural threads across generations."—Marc Friedman, Black Books + Black Minds»

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