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Collective Memory and the Historical Past

Jeffrey Andrew Barash


If collective remembrance is as old as human communal existence and the age-old practices that forge its cohesion, theoretical preoccupation with the phenomenon of collective memory is relatively recent. The present book accounts for this paradox through interpretation of the novel function accorded to collective memory which, in a modern context of discontinuity and dislocation, reoccupies the space that has been left vacant by the decline of traditional assumptions concerning human socio-political identity. In this situation, where memory is widely called upon as a source of collective cohes ... More

Keywords: collective memory, historical skepticism, symbolic configuration, mass media, historical time, habitus, Marcel Proust, Walter Scott, visual arts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226399157
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226399294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey Andrew Barash, author
Institute for Advanced Study