Is there a difference between collection (per Van Den Eede), attachment, and ownership? I’m thinking the trauma of loss versus the trauma of absence (Saunders? Or LaCapra?)
I also think of this in terms of the controversy surrounding Donald Trump. Many people appear John to his campaign because they feel that their ownership of what it means to be American is being threatened.
This could also help address conflicting claims of ownership, particularly as we look at multi-generational colonialization and immigration, where the legal status of occupants inhabiting politically-defined boundaries may not reflect the emotional ties to the land. Consider Israelis and Palestinians, Americans and Native Americans, Germans and the children of their Gastarbeitern, Americans and the children of undocumented immigrants, and the lingering echoes of apartheid in South Africa.