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Generations and Collective Memory
Author: Amy Corning

ISBN: 9780226282664
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 16 July 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.5 x 1.0
Your brothers and sisters and you have collective memories of your childhood, just as your family has a collective memory of its illustrious forbears (or its notorious ne'er-do-wells); our nation has a collective memory of, e.g., the Kennedy assassination, made piquant by collective memories of the Zapruder film; in between, collective memory is possessed by ethnic groups, political parties, neighborhoods and towns, and, returning to the national stage, collective memory of great events, such as wars and disasters. We commemorate sacred places, such as a battlefield (or a place like Ford Theater), and the collective memory is advanced by photographs, texts, and other objects, as well as by individuals. Corning and Schuman here present a synthesis of concepts of collective memory, also of American historical figures (such as Jefferson, Lincoln, and Columbus, through the way we have represented them), also of events remembered as important in other nations (China, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Pakistan, and especially Russia and Ukraine). Nor do they ignore wars (WW II and Vietnam) or big events (Woodstock, and 9/11). They are adept at linking memories to particular peri...

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