The Politics of Regret

Author: Jeffrey K. Olick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135909814
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In the past decade, Jeffrey Olick has established himself as one of the world’s pre-eminent sociologists of memory (and, related to this, both cultural sociology and social theory). His recent book on memory in postwar Germany, In the House of the Hangman (University of Chicago Press, 2005) has garnered a great deal of acclaim. This book collects his best essays on a range of memory related issues and adds a couple of new ones. It is more conceptually expansive than his other work and will serve as a great introduction to this important theorist. In the past quarter century, the issue of memory has not only become an increasingly important analytical category for historians, sociologists and cultural theorists, it has become pervasive in popular culture as well. Part of this is a function of the enhanced role of both narrative and representation – the building blocks of memory, so to speak – across the social sciences and humanities. Just as importantly, though, there has also been an increasing acceptance of the notion that the past is no longer the province of professional historians alone. Additionally, acknowledging the importance of social memory has not only provided agency to ordinary people when it comes to understanding the past, it has made conflicting interpretations of the meaning of the past more fraught, particularly in light of the terrible events of the twentieth century. Olick looks at how catastrophic, terrible pasts – Nazi Germany, apartheid South Africa – are remembered, but he is particularly concerned with the role that memory plays in social structures. Memory can foster any number of things – social solidarity, nostalgia, civil war – but it always depends on both the nature of the past and the cultures doing the remembering. Prior to his studies of individual episodes, he fully develops his theory of memory and society, working through Bergson, Halbwachs, Elias, Bakhtin, and Bourdieu.

Religion und kulturelles Ged chtnis

Author: Jan Assmann
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 9783406565908
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Through a commanding view extending over 5,000 years, Jan Assmann explores the connections between religion, culture and memory in ten essays.

Places of Public Memory

Author: Greg Dickinson
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817356134
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Though we live in a time when memory seems to be losing its hold on communities, memory remains central to personal, communal, and national identities. And although popular and public discourses from speeches to films invite a shared sense of the past, official sites of memory such as memorials, museums, and battlefields embody unique rhetorical principles. Places of Public Memory: The Rhetoric of Museums and Memorials is a sustained and rigorous consideration of the intersections of memory, place, and rhetoric. From the mnemonic systems inscribed upon ancient architecture to the roadside accident memorials that line America’s highways, memory and place have always been deeply interconnected. This book investigates the intersections of memory and place through nine original essays written by leading memory studies scholars from the fields of rhetoric, media studies, organizational communication, history, performance studies, and English. The essays address, among other subjects, the rhetorical strategies of those vying for competing visions of a 9/11 memorial at New York City’s Ground Zero; rhetorics of resistance embedded in the plans for an expansion of the National Civil Rights Museum; representations of nuclear energy—both as power source and weapon—in Cold War and post–Cold War museums; and tours and tourism as acts of performance. By focusing on “official” places of memory, the collection causes readers to reflect on how nations and local communities remember history and on how some voices and views are legitimated and others are minimized or erased.


Author: Kamila Shamsie
Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 3827072336
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Raheen und Karim kennen sich, seit sie denken können. Sie lieben "ihre" Stadt Karatschi, die gewalttätige, aufregende Millionenstadt. Als Kinder zweier eng miteinander verknüpfter Familien wachsen sie heran: Raheens Vater war mit Karims Mutter verlobt, bis er aus ethnischen Gründen diese Verbindung löste. Ein lange gehütetes Geheimnis beeinflusst auch die Kinder und vertreibt sie als Jugendliche aus der Stadt, die von Rassenunruhen erschüttert wird. Karim wandert mit seiner Familie nach London aus, Raheen studiert in den USA. Jahre später kommen sie in der geliebten Stadt wieder zusammen.

The Sins of the Fathers

Author: Jeffrey K. Olick
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022638649X
Format: PDF
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National identity and political legitimacy always involve a delicate balance between remembering and forgetting. All nations have elements in their past that they would prefer to pass over - the catalog of failures, injustices, and horrors committed in the name of nations. Yet denial and forgetting carry costs as well. Nowhere has this precarious balance been more potent, or important, than in the Federal Republic of Germany, where the devastation and atrocities of two world wars have weighed heavily in virtually every moment and aspect of political life. 'The Sins of the Fathers' confronts that difficulty head-on, exploring the variety of ways that Germany's leaders since 1949 have attempted to meet this challenge, with a particular focus on how those approaches have changed over time.

A Cultural History of Memory

Author: Stefan Berger
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN: 9781474273848
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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A Cultural History of Memory provides historians, as well as scholars and students of related fields, with the first comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the cultural history of memory from ancient times to the present day. With six highly illustrated volumes covering 2500 years, this is the definitive reference work on the subject, comprising:Volume 1. A Cultural History of Memory in Antiquity (800BCE-500CE)Volume 2. A Cultural History of Memory in the Middle Ages (500-1450)Volume 3. A Cultural History of Memory in the Early Modern Age (1450-1700)Volume 4. A Cultural History of Memory in the Eighteenth Century (1700-1800)Volume 5. A Cultural History of Memory in the Nineteenth Century (1800-1900)Volume 6. A Cultural History of Memory in the Long Twentieth Century (1900-2000+)Each volume adopts the same thematic structure, covering: Politics, Time and Space, Media and Technology, Science and Education, Philosophy, Religion and History, High Culture and Popular Culture, Society, and Remembering and Forgetting, thus enabling readers to trace one theme throughout history, as well as gaining a thorough overview of each individual period.Generously illustrated, the full six-volume set combines to present the most authoritative survey available on the history of memory.