Commemorative Culture

  • Margaret Gibson
  • Clarissa Carden
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)


As this chapter will show, the commemorative culture in Second Life materialises the grievability of second lives as semi-autonomous as well as the grievability of more blended lives. In this chapter we consider the culture around commemorating and remembering important people and events. We describe the phenomenon of Second Life cemeteries in which people and animals, both existing within and outside of the virtual world, are memorialised. This chapter engages in the politics of grievability through Second Life’s extensive and diverse commemorative culture. This chapter will explore the material practices around who or what is grievable through monuments, memorial sites, special days of remembrance, and cemeteries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret Gibson
    • 1
  • Clarissa Carden
    • 1
  1. 1.Griffith UniversityBrisbaneAustralia

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