Memorializing Pearl Harbor: Unfinished Histories and the Work of Remembrance
Geoffrey M. White is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i. He is the coeditor of
Conclusion: History’s Future
The conclusion reflects on the predicament of national war memory by locating the story of the USS Arizona Memorial in the wider landscape of Second World War remembrance and war remembrance generally. Arguing that each memorial story, each history of memory, is embedded in specific locations, histories, and subjectivities, the book nonetheless concludes with consideration of the place of witnesses and survivors as both objects and agents of memory who shape the possibilities for historical imagination. The opportunity to conduct an ethnographic study during the period spanning the fiftieth and seventy-fifth anniversaries of events marked by the memorial affords a...