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Auteur: Adler, Nanci & Selma Leydesdorff & Mary Chamberlain & Leyla Neyzi
Titel: Memories of mass repression
Sub titel: Narrating life stories in the aftermath of atrocity

`Memories of Mass Repression' presents the results of researchers working with the voices of witnesses. Its stories include the witnesses, victims and survivors; they also reflect the subjective experience of the study of such narratives. The contributors are particularly interested in ways in which memory is created and molded. The interactions of different, even conflicting, memories of other individuals and society as a whole are considered.In writing the history of genocide, "emotional" memory and "objective" research are interwoven and inseparable. It is as much the historian's task to decipher witness accounts, as it is to interpret traditional written sources. These sometimes antagonistic narratives of memory fashioned and mobilized within public and private arenas, together with the ensuing conflicts, paradoxes, and contradictions that they unleash, are all part of efforts to come to terms with what happened. Mining memory is the only way in which we can hope to arrive at a truer, and less biased, historical account of events. Memory is at some level selective. Most believers in political movements that turned out to be the opposite of what they promised confront such emotions. When given a proper forum, stories that are in opposition to dominant memories, or in conflict with our own memories, can effectively battle collective forgetting.
2009, 363 pag., Euro 47,95
Transaction Publishers, Somerset, ISBN 9781412808538


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