A Long War: Public Memory and the Popular Media

Fordham University Press
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Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates, 2010, 1, pp. 299 - 311
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One of the most difficult theoretical issues confronting the study of memory has been the conceptual problem of group memory and how memories carried by individuals become part of a larger social dynamic. While there has been much debate about descrip6ve, adjectival terms such as "collective," ¬ęcultural," "popular," and "social" memory, terms that are often invoked with noticeable imprecision, less consideration has been given to questions of what social relations make memory public or how we understand the very "publicness" of memory. When we think of the public, or a public, it is out there, encompassing the notion of being on view in front of others, which usually also has a spatial component, a place of meeting others, of memory shared.
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