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Rest in Plastic

Death, Time and Synthetic Materials in a Ghanaian Ewe Community

Isabel Bredenbröker

Made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from the Open Access Publication Fund of Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and by the Open Access Publication Fund of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, both funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation license – 512666819 and 491192747. The research was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation license – 94327977 and 497230234.

322 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-503-4 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (June 2024)


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“It uses well-suited theory and methodology to produce novel and important insights.” • Ing-Marie Back Danielsson, Lund University

“The book is well documented, with a wide range of earlier work discussed … the insights drawn from this work are well integrated with the ethnographic chapters.” • Robert Parkin, University of Oxford

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In Peki, an Ewe town in the Ghanaian Volta Region, death is a matter of public concern. By means of funeral banners printed with synthetic ink on PVC, public lyings in state, cemented graves and wreaths made from plastic, death occupies a prominent place in the world of the living. Rest in Plastic gives an insight into local entanglements of death, synthetic materials and power in Ewe community. It shows how different materials and things that come to shape power relations, exist in a delicate balance between state and local governance, kin and outsiders, death and life, the invisible and the visible, movement and containment.

Isabel Bredenbröker is a Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Walter Benjamin Postdoctoral Researcher, who works for the Centre for Anthropological Research on Museums and Heritage and the Herman von Helmholtz- Zentrum für Kulturtechnik at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Subject: Anthropology (General)Heritage StudiesAnthropology of Religion
Area: Africa

Rest in Plastic by Isabel Bredenbröker is available Open Access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from the Open Access Publication Fund of Goethe University Frankfurt am Main and by the Open Access Publication Fund of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, both funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – 512666819 and 491192747. The research was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) – 94327977 and 497230234.

OA ISBN: 978-1-80539-505-8



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