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Genocide, Collective Violence, and Popular Memory : The Politics of Remembrance in the Twentieth Century - David E. Lorey

Genocide, Collective Violence, and Popular Memory

The Politics of Remembrance in the Twentieth Century

Paperback Published: 28th December 2001
ISBN: 9780842029827
Number Of Pages: 258

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The twentieth century has been scarred by political violence and genocide, reaching its extreme in the Holocaust. Yet, at the same time, the century has been marked by a growing commitment to human rights. This volume highlights the importance of history-of socially processed memory-in resolving the wounds left by massive state-sponsored political violence and in preventing future episodes of violence. In Genocide, Collective Violence, and Popular Memory: The Politics of Remembrance in the Twentieth Century, the editors present and discuss the many different social responses to the challenge of coming to terms with past reigns of terror and collective violence. Designed for undergraduate courses in political violence and revolution, this volume treats a wide variety of incidents of collective violence-from decades-long genocide to short-lived massacres. The selection of essays provides a broad range of thought-provoking case studies from Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. This provocative collection of readings from around the world will spur debate and discussion of this timely and important topic in the classroom and beyond.

How did nations and communities respond to the aftermath of genocide and collective violence in the twentieth century? How have nations sought to achieve 'reconciliation' with a legacy of state-sponsored terrorism, systematic torture and repression, massacres, mass graves, forced disappearances, and 'ethnic cleansing'? This broad-ranging collection of articles seeks to answer these questions by drawing on case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. A powerful introduction to the politics of history and the cultural history of social memory, this is an ideal reader for undergraduate and graduate courses on human rights, international law, social psychology, and world history, especially the complex history of historical construction and reconstruction of a violent 'past' as part of the present.--Brian Loveman, San Diego State University

Introductionp. xi
Latin America
Irruptions of Memory: Expressive Politics in Chile's Transition to Democracyp. 1
Layers of Memories: Twenty Years After in Argentinap. 31
The Unmaking of Rigoberta Menchup. 53
Africa
Ethnicity and the Politics of History in Rwandap. 67
The Burdens of Truth: An Evaluation of the Psychological Support Services and Initiatives Undertaken by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commissionp. 85
Asia
The Cambodian Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocidal Crimes: National Narrativep. 103
Buajingan! Indonesian Art, Literature, and State Violence around the Downfall of President Soehartop. 123
Mnemosyne Abroad: Reflections on the Chinese and Jewish Commitment to Remembrancep. 139
Acting Out Democracy: Political Theater in Modern Chinap. 167
Germany and Japan: Legacies of World War
War Stories: The Search for a Usable Past in the Federal Republic of Germanyp. 191
Photography, National Identity, and the "Cataract of Times": Wartime Images and the Case of Japanp. 229
Suggested Readingp. 257
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ISBN: 9780842029827
ISBN-10: 0842029826
Series: World Beat Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 28th December 2001
Publisher: SPEAR BOOKS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.4