Remembering Through Objects: The loss of a parent in young adulthood in the Netherlands by Renske Visser
Remembering ThroughObjects:The loss of a parent in young adulthood in theNetherlandsRenske Visser, MSc.Bachelor Cultural AnthropologyMaster Medical AnthropologyPresentation BSA Symposium Death and The Family November 19th
Contents Introduction Participants & Research Question Three Categories of objects Themes (e.g. non-conspicious dipslays, ‘closeness’) Conclusions Questions/Comments?
IntroductionParticipants Research conducted in the Netherlands 8 participants 7 female, 1 male Young Adults (age 20-30) Lost parent, either father or mother
IntroductionResearch Question Focus on mementos Dutch: ‘iets een plekje geven’ (translation: to give something a place/space)
Three categories of objects Things arranged in the living space Things that are portable/that can be worn Sound/Video
Themes Non-conspicious displays Dialectic between public and private sphere Dynamics of displays/ divesting ‘Closeness’ Rebalancing Relationships The parental home as a stable core
Conclusions These young adults use their mementos to sustain an ongoing relationship with their deceased parent. Preference for non-conspicious displays. Combination of letting go/holding on. Differences between family members and ways of mourning.
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