How Nations Grapple with their Difficult Pasts
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This volume examines the ways in which the violent legacies of the 20th century continue to affect the concept of the nation. Through a study of three societies’ commemoration of notorious episodes of 1930s state violence, the author considers the manner in which attention to the state violence authoritarianism, and exclusions of the last century have resulted in challenges to dominant conceptions of the nation. Based on extensive ethnographic research in El Salvador, Spain, and the Dominican Republic, Remembering Violence focuses on new public sites of memory, such as museum exhibitions, monuments, and commemorations - powerful loci for representing ideas about the nation - and explores the responses of various actors - civil society, government, and diasporic citizens - as well as those of UN and other international agencies invested in new nation-building goals. With attention to the ways in which memory practices explain ongoing national exclusions and contemporary efforts to contest them, this book will appeal to scholars across the social sciences and humanities with interests in public memory and commemoration.
Table of Contents
1. When Nations Remember Past Violence
2. Indigeneity and Nation in El Salvador
3. Spain: Democratization and the Right to Decide the Future Nation
4. "That is not my constitution": Borders and Exclusions in the Dominican Republic
5. Remembering Violence and Reimagining the Future Nation
Robin Maria DeLugan is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Merced, USA, and the author of Reimagining National Belonging: Post-civil War El Salvador in a Global Context.