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Memory and Recovery in Times of Crisis

1st Edition

Edited by Fiona Larkan, Fiona Murphy


208 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


Contributor’s Biographies

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)


About the Editors

Dr Fiona Larkan is a medical anthropologist with a research interest in chronic disease and illness, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. For the past 15 years she has worked extensively in the area of HIV and related illnesses, and her PhD was a comparative ethnographic account of Sexuality and Risk in South Africa and Ireland. Based at the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin, Fiona has a strong commitment to education. She directs the MSc Global Health programme and is co-founder of the recently established Irish Medical Anthropology Network, which aims to develop social medical education throughout Ireland. She has published in anthropological and social medical journals; is the former editor of the Irish Journal of Anthropology and current Deputy Editor of Globalization and Health.

Dr Fiona Murphy is an anthropologist working at the Senator George J.Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security, and Justice at Queens University Belfast. She received her PhD in 2009 from the Department of Anthropology, Maynooth University for work focusing on the cultural modalities of trauma, memory and reconciliation amongst Aboriginal Australians who were forcibly removed from their families. Fiona has published a number of book chapters and articles on this work in American Anthropologist, Ethnos, History and Anthropology and The Irish Journal of Anthropology. Fiona is co-author of Integration in Ireland: The Everyday Lives of African Migrants (Manchester University Press, 2012).

About the Series

Memory Studies: Global Constellations

Memory Studies: Global Constellations

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General