Skull trophies of the Pacific War: transgressive objects of remembrance

Simon Harrison

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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.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages817-836
    JournalJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
    Volume12
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006

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    War of the Pacific
    Trophies
    Second World War
    Hunting
    Modern State
    Body Parts
    Animals

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    In: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 12, No. 4, 12.2006, p. 817-836.

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