This book presents a social scientific reading of the challenges of memory and recovery in times of crisis. Drawing on different interpretations of what constitutes ‘crisis’, this collection uses lenses of economics, identity and commemoration, to question how memory and recovery is being constituted through larger discourses of political claims of moving forward, healing and identity.
Memory and Recovery in Times of Crisis examines how memory is dis- or re-interred through social processes and further, how recovered memories are challenged or legitimized. It also presents a set of questions that will stimulate further reflections on what kind of role understandings of memory of crisis can play in recovery. Given the world we find ourselves living in in 2017 – a world subject to multiple, intersecting crises – how we understand the dynamics of memory and recovery is a pressing issue indeed.
This book will appeal to both scholars and students of anthropology and sociology.
List of Figures
Introduction (Fiona Larkan and Fiona Murphy)
Part I: The Politics of Memory and Commemoration
1. A Matter of Fact?: The Propaganda of Peace and the Ulster Loyalist Hauntology during the ‘Decade of Centenaries.’ (Jonathan Evershed)
2. Memorialising the Story of Australian Aboriginal Child Removal: The Story of Reconciliation Place (Fiona Murphy)
3. ‘Here’s Lookin’ at EU Kid’: Memory and Recovery in Places, Non-places and Everywhere in Between (Sean O’Dubhghaill)
4. The Dynamics of Commemoration in Twenty-First-Century Ireland (Michael Cronin)
Part II: Identity and Memory
5. ‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever’: Faith Memory, Crisis and How Reborn Members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Make Home in Ireland (Kathleen Openshaw)
6. Reappropriating Colouredness (Fiona Larkan)
7. Recalling the Past in Song: Mande Hunters’ Musical Ceremonies (Theodore Konkouris)
8. History on Trial: H.I.J.O.S., memory and reparation in the court of Tucumán/Argentina (Katja Seidel)
Part III: Economic Crises and Memory
9. Recovery from Traumatic Memory in Irish Society: Moving Beyond Diametric Structured Myths, Experience and Social Processes (Paul Downes)
10. Memory, Hope and Recovery in Greece (Daniel M. Knight)
11. Delayed Protest Responses to Austerity and Irish Post-Colonial Memory: Trauma, Collective Action and the Irish Economic Crisis 2010–2012 (Niamh Hourigan)
Memory Studies as an academic field of cultural inquiry emerges at a time when global public debates, buttressed by the fragmentation of nation states and their traditional narratives, have greatly accelerated. Societies are today pregnant with newly unmediated memories, once sequestered in broad collective representations and their ideological stances. But, the ‘past in the present’ has returned with a vengeance in the early 21st Century, and with it an expansion of categories of cultural experience and meaning. This new series explores the social and cultural stakes around forgetting, useful forgetting and remembering, locally, regionally, nationally and globally. It welcomes studies of migrant memory from failed states; micro-histories battling against collective memories; the mnemonic past of emotions; the mnemonic spatiality of sites of memory; and the reconstructive ethics of memory in the face of galloping informationalization, as this renders the ‘mnemonic’ more and more public and publically accessible.