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Inheriting the Family: Objects, Identities and Emotions

Katie Barclay

This open access book uses new methodologies from the history and sociology of emotions to analyse why people select specific tokens of family inheritance, and how this influences personal identity, cultural heritage, and national memory.

Much of our cultural heritage emerges from family histories - with many of the objects curated in museums, stories passed between generations, and monuments marking notable figures being the direct product of familial collections, donations, and investments. This edited collection uses emotion as an analytical tool to interpret such behaviours, and offers novel ways to investigate how and why family inheritances from a range of social, racial, and ethnic groups maintain their cultural power, as they move through time and from the private to the public spheres.

Drawing on a variety of case studies, and exploring items ranging from Victorian library chairs, to quilts, religious texts, and pieces of intergenerational writing - this volume considers the role of objects and inheritances in the emotional lives of individuals and families, and acknowledges them as agents in the creation of histories and identities. Combining insight from scholars of the history of emotions with that of historians and researchers situated outside the academy, this collection allows fresh insights on family history and material culture to emerge.

The ebook editions of this book are available open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license on Open access was funded by UK Research and Innovation.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publish Date: Jan 9th, 2025
  • Pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.21in - 6.14in - 1.00in - 1.00lb
  • EAN: 9781350382503
  • Categories: Social HistoryWorld - General

About the Author

Barclay, Katie: - Katie Barclay is Professor and Future Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney. She writes widely on the history of emotions, gender, and family life. With Kate De Luna and Giovanni Tarantino, she is the editor of Emotions: History, Culture, Society.

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