By Shannon Lee Dawdy

When storm Katrina struck New Orleans, the area reacted with surprise on seeing citizens of this precise urban left deserted to the floodwaters. After the final rescue was once accomplished, a brand new fear arose—that New Orleans’s distinctive historical cloth sat in ruins, and we had misplaced essentially the most captivating previous towns of the hot World.

 

In Patina, anthropologist Shannon Lee Dawdy examines what used to be misplaced and located in the course of the destruction of typhoon Katrina. monitoring the wealthy heritage and special physicality of latest Orleans, she explains the way it got here to undertake the nickname “the old city.” With leading edge purposes of factor conception, Patina stories the impact of particular items—such as souvenirs, heirlooms, and typhoon Katrina ruins—to discover how the city’s citizens use fabric gadgets to realize time, historical past, and their connection to each other. a number one determine in archaeology of the modern, Dawdy attracts on fabric proof, archival and literary texts, and dozens of post-Katrina interviews to discover how the patina aesthetic informs a trenchant political critique. An fascinating learn of the facility of daily items, Patina demonstrates how sharing within the care of a ancient panorama can unite a city’s population—despite severe divisions of sophistication and race—and encourage civil camaraderie in response to a nostalgia that gives no longer a go back to the prior yet an alternate future.

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