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By Owain Jones, Joanne Garde-Hansen

This assortment shifts the focal point from collective reminiscence to person reminiscence, through incorporating new performative techniques to id, position and changing into. Drawing upon cultural geography, the publication presents an available framework to strategy key features of reminiscence, remembering, documents, commemoration and forgetting in sleek societies.

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At the new house, many of John Horton and Peter Kraftl 37 these items were simply left in boxes (like the unopened box); others were emptied out of boxes and chucked into this cupboard ‘to be sorted out at a later date’. This cupboard – and all it stands for in our house, occasionally the butt of in-jokes or fraught conversations about ‘sorting it out’ – evokes a number of points about ‘growing up’, about memory, and about the framing of the contents of a cupboard like this as ‘just stuff’. Firstly, increasingly, the kinds of events recounted in this chapter – the death of a family relative or buying one’s first home – are being articulated as moments within the life course, wherein the home (as space, as idea) plays a central role.

6 List of contents of cupboard 3 mattered. And we just could not bring ourselves to throw them out. At that fraught point – this classic life-course transition, as sociologists would have it – all of this stuff was just so overwhelming, so suffocating, that we failed to make any meaningful connection, to remember why it mattered; indeed, the only thing left was to throw odd assortments into boxes and mark them ‘stuff’, so that we could forget about them and delay the decision for when the new home (and we) were ‘sorted’.

Clough and J. Halley (eds) The affective turn: theorizing the social (Durham: Duke University Press). F. Haug (1992) Beyond female masochism: memory-work and politics (London: Verso). J. Hockey, B. Penhale and D. Sibley (2003) ‘Environments of memory: home space, later life and grief’ in J. Davidson, L. Bondi and M. Smith (eds) Emotional Geographies (Farnham: Ashgate). John Horton and Peter Kraftl 43 J. Horton and P. Kraftl (2006) ‘Not just growing up, but going on: children’s geographies as becomings; materials, spacings, bodies, situations’, Children’s Geographies, 4, 259–276.

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