Connerton’s "Seven Kinds of Forgetting" and the Lattimer Massacre: A critique and an application

Author(s): Michael P Roller

Year: 2013


Anthropologist John Connerton’s brief essay "Seven Kinds of Forgetting" provides a foundation and touchstone for recent explorations in the study of memory and modernity. Rhizomatic in nature, the essay succeeds in opening up, and also fragmenting, explorations of memory spanning a broad theoretical spectrum of critical, materialist and culturalist approaches. This essay adapts, critiques and expands upon Connerton’s notions of memory using the example of memory and forgetting in the subsequent century after the Lattimer Massacre of 1897, a labor and immigration-related conflict from the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania. Recognizing that archaeology can be used as an instrument of both memory and forgetting in all seven forms defined by Connerton can aid our discipline in critically evaluating our goals and broadening our methods of examining memory as a phenomenon understood simultaneously as ephemeral, material, agentic and suffused with power.

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Connerton’s "Seven Kinds of Forgetting" and the Lattimer Massacre: A critique and an application. Michael P Roller. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428734)


Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 657