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The Merits of Memory: Concepts, Contexts, Debates Hans-Jurgen Grabbe

The Merits of Memory: Concepts, Contexts, Debates

Hans-Jurgen Grabbe

Published January 2nd 2009
ISBN : 9783825353155
Hardcover
404 pages
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Since the publication of Pierre Noras landmark anthology Lieux de Memoire two decades ago, collective memory has become one of the most intensely studied topics across a wide range of academic disciplines. Focusing mainly, but not exclusively, onMoreSince the publication of Pierre Noras landmark anthology Lieux de Memoire two decades ago, collective memory has become one of the most intensely studied topics across a wide range of academic disciplines. Focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on the United States of America, this volume contributes to the ongoing debate about the complex modes and meanings of communal remembrance past and present. Individual essays revisit and rework Noras conceptualization of (post-) modern memory and reexamine the intricate relationship between personal memory, collective memory, and history. Authors discuss communal recollections as a vehicle for cultural recognition and explore the uses and abuses of memory discourses in domestic and international politics. Other contributions address the role of memory in the context of ethnicity, immigration, and transnationalism, and analyze the representational strategies and cultural implications of visualized and virtualized memories. Combining theoretical approaches with empirical case studies, The Merits of Memory takes stock of the current state of the field and suggests potential trajectories for the future study of collective memory.