States of Memory

Jeffrey K. Olick

States of Reminiscence illuminates the development of nationwide reminiscence from a comparative perspective. The essays collected right here emphasize that reminiscence itself has a historical past: not solely do specific meanings change, however the very school of reminiscence—its place in social relations and the types it takes—varies over time. Integrating theories of reminiscence and nationalism with case research, these essays stake an important center floor between specific and common approaches to social reminiscence research.

The contributors—together with historians and social scientists—describe societies’ struggles to provide after which use concepts of what a “regular” previous ought to appear to be. They study claims in regards to the genuineness of revolution (in fascist Italy and communist Russia), of inclusiveness (in america and Australia), of innocence (in Germany), and of inevitability (in Israel). Essayists discover the popularity of Confucius amongst Maoist leaders throughout China’s Cultural Revolution; commemorations of Martin Luther King Jr. in america Congress; the “finish” of the postwar period in Japan; and the way nationwide calendars—in signifying what to recollect, have a good time, and mourn—construction nationwide identification. Above all, these essays reveal that reminiscence is rarely unitary, irrespective of how laborious numerous powers attempt to make it so.

States of Reminiscence will enchantment to these scholars-in sociology, historical past, political science, cultural research, anthropology, and artwork history-who are fascinated about collective reminiscence, commemoration, nationalism, and state formation.

Contributors. Paloma Aguilar, Frederick C. Corney, Carol Gluck, Matt Okay. Matsuda, Jeffrey Okay. Olick, Francesca Polletta, Uri Ram, Barry Schwartz, Lyn Spillman, Charles Tilly, Simonetta Falasca Zamponi, Eviatar Zerubavel, Tong Zhang