The Social Function of Haunted

Written by Jordan Meyer

It seems that we often use haunting to discuss our culture’s social mores and taboos. For example, scholars Colleen Boyd and Coll Thrush theorize that stories of haunting associated with Native Americans are really a means of discussing the social shame held by those who have benefitted from the oppressions of the past. Without directly discussing this shame, however, non-native Americans share ghost stories associated with these indigenous peoples, thus becoming haunted by their own shame.

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