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The Sins of the FathersGermany, Memory, Method$
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Jeffrey K. Olick

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226386492

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226386522.001.0001

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The Sociology of Collective Memory

The Sociology of Collective Memory

(p.36) Chapter 2 The Sociology of Collective Memory
The Sins of the Fathers

Jeffrey K. Olick

University of Chicago Press

This chapter seeks to define the terms for and to motivate the “sociology of collective memory” and to draw connections between the sociology of collective memory and the development of work on a cultural theory of the state. Olick describes the ways in which images and utterances are structured by profiles, which place memory in wider contexts; and by genres, which connect utterances to their origins and developmental trajectories on particular occasions. He discusses dialogism as a powerful tool for theory and presents the argument that memory is path-dependent but not unyieldingly so, shaped by the past but not completely so, and responsive to the present but not directly so.

Keywords:   collective memory, West Germany, sociology, utterances, dialogism

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