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Skull trophies of the Pacific War: transgressive objects of remembrance

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Harrison, Simon (2006) Skull trophies of the Pacific War: transgressive objects of remembrance. JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL INSTITUTE, 12 (4). pp. 817-836. [Journal article]

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Abstract

This article discusses the use of enemy body parts as war trophies, focusing on the collection of Japanese skulls as trophies by Allied servicemen in the Second World War, and on the treatment of these objects after the war. I argue that such human trophy-taking tends to occur in societies, including modern states, in which two conditions hold: the hunting of animals is an important component of male identity; and the human status of enemies is denied.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
ID Code:1559
Deposited By:Mrs Fiona Harkin
Deposited On:23 Dec 2009 09:17
Last Modified:15 Nov 2013 18:45

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