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December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

In Family Memory: Practices, Transmissions and Uses in a Global Perspective, researchers from five different continents explore the significance of family memory as an analytical tool and a research concept.

Family memory is the most important memory community. This volume illustrates the range and power of family memories, often neglected by memory studies dealing with larger mnemonic entities. The book highlights the potential of family memory research for understanding societies’ past and present and the need for a more comprehensive and systematic use of family memories. The contributors explain how family memories can be a valuable resource across a range of settings pertaining to individual and collective identities, national memories, intergenerational transmission processes and migration, transnational and diasporic studies. The volume presents the past, present and future of family memory as a prospective field of memory studies and the role of family memory in intergenerational transmission of social and political values. Family memory of violent events and genocide is also looked at, with discussions of the Armenian Genocide, Russian Revolution and Rwanda Genocide.

The book will be an important read for cultural and oral historians, family historians, public historians, researchers in narrative studies, psychology, politics and international studies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

List of Illustrations

List of Abbreviations

Notes on Contributors

Foreword by Alessandro Portelli

 

1 Family Memory as a Prospective Field of Memory Studies: Past, Present, Future

Radmila Švaříčková Slabáková

 

PART I

Private and Public Practices of Building Family Memory

2 Family Voices and the Practice of Memory: Five Generations of Women in Rome

Barbara Ronchetti

3 The Buarque de Holanda: Family Memory and Political Engagement in the Public Space in Brazil

Giselle Martins Venancio

4 The Ntsimane Family Traditions and Rituals in Pre- and Post-1994 South Africa

Radikobo Ntsimane

 

PART II

Intergenerational Transmission of Social and Political Values

5 Czech Family Stories of Communism: Family Memories at the Intersection of Family Values, Family Relations and National Memory

Radmila Švaříčková Slabáková

6 Family Memories for Communism in Bulgaria: Destiny and Resource

Ilia Iliev

7 Family Memories of Second-Generation Republican Women Exiled to Mexico

Pilar Domínguez Prats

 

PART III

Family Memory of Violent Events and Genocide

8 "Facts, not Emotions:" Changing Generational Needs and New Meanings of the Memory of the Armenian Genocide

Öndercan Muti

9 Family Memories and the Development of the Genocide Ideology in Rwanda

Philippe Denis

10 Exile and Soviet Memoirs: Family Mansions in Aristocratic Family Memories after the Russian Revolution

Zbyněk Vydra

 

PART IV

Family Memory, Family Identity and Digital Media

11 Family Memories, Family Histories and the Identities of Settler Family Descendants in New Zealand 

Anna Green

12 What do Family Memories Mean?: Navigating the Unfinished Archives after the Partition of India

Indira Chowdhury

13 "Got my Finn Tattoo!:" Sharing Family Memories on Facebook

Anne Heimo

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Editor(s)

Biography

Radmila Švaříčková Slabáková is an Associate Professor of History at Palacký University Olomouc. She is the author of numerous publications on memory, oral history, gender and modern historiography.

Reviews

Collective memory starts in the family. This rich and exciting collection provides deep insights into the dynamics of family memory across the globe. It is an indispensable companion for all those working in the field of transnational memory studies.

Astrid Erll, Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

This timely collection offers a rich history and a compelling argument for the study of family memory. It opens new and exciting paths for memory studies and beyond, and will become an instant touchstone for scholars across disciplines. The global take of this truly international volume is much-needed in a field that has often been national or euro-centric in focus.  

Ashley Barnwell, Senior Research Fellow in Sociology, University of Melbourne, Australia