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Interpreting Contentious Memory

Countermemories and Social Conflicts over the Past

Edited by Thomas DeGloma and Janet Jacobs

Published

Dec 1, 2024

Page count

292 pages

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Interpretive Lenses in Sociology

ISBN

978-1529218671

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 28, 2023

Page count

292 pages

Browse the series

Interpretive Lenses in Sociology

ISBN

978-1529218664

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 28, 2023

Page count

292 pages

Browse the series

Interpretive Lenses in Sociology

ISBN

978-1529218688

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 28, 2023

Page count

292 pages

Browse the series

Interpretive Lenses in Sociology

ISBN

978-1529218688

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Interpreting Contentious Memory

Memory is at the center of a diverse array of political conflicts, moral disputes, and power dynamics.

This book illustrates how scholars use different interpretive lenses to study and explain profound conflicts rooted in the past. Addressing issues of racism, genocide, trauma, war, nationalism, colonial occupation, and more, it highlights how our interpretations of contentious memories are indispensable to our understandings of contemporary conflicts and identities.

Featuring an international group of scholars, this book makes important contributions to social memory studies, but also shows how studying memory is vital to our understanding of enduring social problems that span the globe.

Thomas DeGloma is Associate Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.

Janet Jacobs is Professor of Distinction in Women and Gender Studies and Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder.

1. Introduction: Interpreting Contentious Memories and Conflicts over the Past - Thomas DeGloma and Janet Jacobs

Part 1: Interpreting Memories in the Social Dynamics of Contention

2 On the Social Distribution of Soldiers’ Memories: Normalization, Trauma, and Morality - Edna Lomsky-Feder

3. Feminist Approaches to Studying Memory and Mass Atrocity - Nicole Fox

4. Mobilizing Memories: Remembrance as a Social Movement Tool in the Vieques Anti-Military Movement (1999–2004) - Roberto Vélez-Vélez

5. The Ballot of Donald and Hillary: Hateful Memories of Celebrity Leaders - Gary Alan Fine, Christopher Robertson, and Cal Abbo

Part 2: Racism, Exclusion, and Mnemonic Conflict

6. Building a Case for Citizenship: Countermemory Work among Deported Veterans - Sofya Aptekar

7. Commemorations as Transformative Events: Collective Memory, Temporality, and Social Change - Claire Whitlinger

8. Contentious Pasts, Contentious Futures: Race, Memory, and Politics in Montgomery’s Legacy Museum - Amy Sodaro

Part 3: Genocide, Memory, and the Historicizing of Trauma

9. Remembrance and Historicization: Transformation of Individual and Collective Memory Processes in the Federal Republic of Germany - Werner Bohleber

10. Enlisting Lived Memory: From Traumatic Silence to Authentic Witnessing - Carol A. Kidron

11. Changing Memories of the Shoah in Post-Communist Countries: New Memories and Conflicts - Selma Leydesdorff

12. How Difficult Pasts Complicate the Present: Comparative Analysis of the Genocides in Western Armenia and Rwanda - Jacob Caponi and Fatma Müge Göçek

13. Conclusion: Memory and the Social Dynamics of Conflict and Contention: Interpretive Lenses for New Cases and Controversies - Janet Jacobs and Thomas DeGloma