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Memory and Narrative

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Studies in Memory and Narrative is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural series which interrogates personal and collective representations of the past. Volumes in the series analyze oral culture and personal narratives/life stories for the distinct perspective they provide on the historical experience of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, working life, colonialism, political allegiances, mass political violence, and nationalism.  These works investigate the role played by monuments, museums, art galleries, international criminal tribunals, motion pictures, television, radio, and electronic technologies in disseminating versions of the past that supplement but often contradict personal accounts, whether written or oral. By contrasting the functions of the varied forms of remembrance and their intersections to create regimes of memory, the series promotes a fuller understanding of how remembering and forgetting, patterns of narrative communication, and social practice come together to structure personal and collective identity within overlapping, often competing versions of the past.

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Family Memory Practices, Transmissions and Uses in a Global Perspective

Family Memory: Practices, Transmissions and Uses in a Global Perspective

1st Edition

Edited By Radmila Švaříčková Slabáková
December 31, 2021

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 ...

Narratives of War Remembering and Chronicling Battle in Twentieth-Century Europe

Narratives of War: Remembering and Chronicling Battle in Twentieth-Century Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Nanci Adler, Remco Ensel, Michael Wintle
June 17, 2019

Narratives of War considers the way war and battle are remembered and narrated across space and time in Europe in the twentieth century. The book reflects on how narratives are generated and deployed, and on their function as coping mechanisms, means of survival, commemorative gestures, historical ...

Sasha Pechersky Holocaust Hero, Sobibor Resistance Leader, and Hostage of History

Sasha Pechersky: Holocaust Hero, Sobibor Resistance Leader, and Hostage of History

1st Edition

By Selma Leydesdorff
June 01, 2018

On October 14, 1943, Aleksandr "Sasha" Pechersky led a mass escape of inmates from Sobibor, a Nazi death camp in Poland. Despite leading the only successful prisoner revolt at a World War II death camp, Pechersky never received the public recognition he deserved in his home country of Russia. This ...

Negotiating Normality Everyday Lives in Socialist Institutions

Negotiating Normality: Everyday Lives in Socialist Institutions

1st Edition

By Daniela Koleva
June 30, 2015

This book is about state socialism, not as a political system, but as an "ecosystem" of interactions between the state and the citizens it sought to control. It includes case studies that demonstrate how the major ideological principles of socialism translated into motives guiding people's ...

Double Exposure Memory and Photography

Double Exposure: Memory and Photography

1st Edition

By Olga Shevchenko
April 30, 2014

Over the past decade, historians and sociologists have increasingly used visual materials, in particular photographs, in their work. This volume brings together historians, sociologists, anthropologists, and media and visual scholars to articulate how photography, as a practice and as a visual ...

Tapestry of Memory Evidence and Testimony in Life-Story Narratives

Tapestry of Memory: Evidence and Testimony in Life-Story Narratives

1st Edition

Edited By Nanci Adler
August 30, 2013

In this volume, contributors present narratives and explore the way they influence the perception of the past. While acknowledging the debate about the validity of qualitative research based on narratives, this volume aims to illuminate how truth and evidence form part of a much wider debate on the...

Witnessing Australian Stories History, Testimony, and Memory in Contemporary Culture

Witnessing Australian Stories: History, Testimony, and Memory in Contemporary Culture

1st Edition

By Kelly Jean Butler
June 30, 2013

This book is about how Australians have responded to stories about suffering and injustice in Australia, presented in a range of public media, including literature, history, films, and television. Those who have responded are both ordinary and prominent Australians—politicians, writers, and ...

Dwellers of Memory Youth and Violence in Medellin, Colombia

Dwellers of Memory: Youth and Violence in Medellin, Colombia

1st Edition

By Pilar Riano-Alcala
January 30, 2010

Dwellers of Memory is an ethnographic study of how urban youth in Colombia came to be at the intersection of multiple forms of political, drug-related, and territorial violence in a country undergoing forty years of internal armed conflict. It examines the ways in which youth in the city of ...

Family Love in the Diaspora Migration and the Anglo-Caribbean Experience

Family Love in the Diaspora: Migration and the Anglo-Caribbean Experience

1st Edition

By Mary Chamberlain
March 15, 2006

Colonial social policy in the British West Indies from the nineteenth century onward assumed that black families lacked morals, structure, and men, a void that explained poverty and lack of citizenship. African-Caribbean families appeared as the mirror opposite of the "ideal" family advocated by ...

Memory Cultures Memory, Subjectivity and Recognition

Memory Cultures: Memory, Subjectivity and Recognition

1st Edition

Edited By Katharine Hodgkin
October 31, 2005

In recent years memory has attracted increasing attention. From analyses of electronic communication and the Internet to discussions of heritage culture, to debates about victimhood and sexual abuse, memory is currently generating much cultural interest. This interdisciplinary collection takes a ...

Memory, History, Nation Contested Pasts

Memory, History, Nation: Contested Pasts

1st Edition

By Susannah Radstone
October 31, 2005

In the last decade, a focus on memory in the human sciences has encouraged new approaches to the study of the past. As the humanities and social sciences have put into question their own claims to objectivity, authority, and universality, memory has appeared to offer a way of engaging with ...

Memory and Totalitarianism

Memory and Totalitarianism

1st Edition

By Luisa Passerini
May 31, 2005

Understanding Europe's past became an urgent matter with the events of August 1991 in Moscow, in the former Soviet Union. The invasion of Moscow's streets by Russian people rejecting an attempted coup d'etat was the culmination of a process that had been initiated years before and raised crucial ...

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