The Collective Memory Reader

Paperback | March 1, 2011

EditorJeffrey K. Olick, Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, Daniel Levy

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There are few terms or concepts that have, in the last twenty or so years, rivaled "collective memory" for attention in the humanities and social sciences. Indeed, use of the term has extended far beyond scholarship to the realm of politics and journalism, where it has appeared in speeches atthe centers of power and on the front pages of the world's leading newspapers. The current efflorescence of interest in memory, however, is no mere passing fad: it is a hallmark characteristic of our age and a crucial site for understanding our present social, political, and cultural conditions.Scholars and others in numerous fields have thus employed the concept of collective memory, sociological in origin, to guide their inquiries into diverse, though allegedly connected, phenomena. Nevertheless, there remains a great deal of confusion about the meaning, origin, and implication of theterm and the field of inquiry it underwrites.The Collective Memory Reader presents, organizes, and evaluates past work and contemporary contributions on the questions raised under the rubric of collective memory. Combining seminal texts, hard-to-find classics, previously untranslated references, and contemporary landmarks, it will serve as anessential resource for teaching and research in the field. In addition, in both its selections as well as in its editorial materials, it suggests a novel life-story for the field, one that appreciates recent innovations but only against the background of a long history.In addition to its major editorial introduction, which outlines a useful past for contemporary memory studies, The Collective Memory Reader includes five sections - Precursors and Classics; History, Memory, and Identity; Power, Politics, and Contestation; Media and Modes of Transmission; Memory,Justice, and the Contemporary Epoch - comprising ninety-one texts. In addition to the essay introducing the entire volume, a brief editorial essay introduces each of the sections, while brief capsules frame each of the 91 texts.

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There are few terms or concepts that have, in the last twenty or so years, rivaled "collective memory" for attention in the humanities and social sciences. Indeed, use of the term has extended far beyond scholarship to the realm of politics and journalism, where it has appeared in speeches atthe centers of power and on the front pages ...

Jeffrey K. Olick is Professor of Sociology and History at the University of Virginia. Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Daniel Levy is Associate Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, SUNY.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface and AcknowledgmentsJeffrey K. Olick, Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, and Daniel Levy: IntroductionPart One: Precursors and ClassicsIntroduction to Part OneEdmund Burke: from Reflections on the Revolution in FranceAlexis de Tocqueville: from Democracy in AmericaFriedrich Nietzsche: from On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for LifeErnst Renan: from What is a Nation?Sigmund Freud: from Totem and Taboo: Resemblances between the Psychic Lives of Savages and Neurotics and Moses and MonotheismKarl Marx: from The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis BonaparteKarl Mannheim: from The Sociological Problem of GenerationsWalter Benjamin: from The Storyteller and Theses on the Philosophy of HistoryErnst Gombrich: from Aby Warburg: An Intellectual BiographyTheodor Adorno: from Valery Proust Museum and In Memory of EichendorffLev Vygotsky: from Mind in SocietyFrederic Bartlett: from Remembering: A Study in Experimental and Social PsychologyCarl Becker: from Everyman his own HistorianGeorge Herbert Mead: from The Nature of the PastCharles Horton Cooley: from Social ProcessEmile Durkheim: from The Elementary Forms of Religious LifeMaurice Halbwachs: from The Collective MemoryMarc Bloch: from Memoire Collective, Tradition et Coutume: A propos d'un Livre Recent [Collective Memory, Custom, and Tradition: About a Recent Book]Charles Blondel: from Revue Critique: M. Halbwachs Les Cadres Sociaux de la Memoire [Critical Review of M. Halbwachs Les Cadres Sociaux de la Memoire]Roger Bastide: from The African Religions of Brazil: Toward a Sociology of the Interpenetration of CivilizationsLloyd Warner: from The Living and the Dead: A Study of the Symbolic Life of AmericansE.E. Evans-Pritchard: from The Nuer: A Description of the Modes of Livelihood and Political Institutions of a Nilotic PeopleClaude Levi-Strauss: from The Savage MindPart Two: History, Memory and IdentityIntroduction to Part TwoHans-Georg Gadamer: from Truth and MethodEdward Casey: from Remembering: A Phenomenological StudyPeter Burke: from History as Social MemoryAllan Megill: from History, Memory, IdentityAlon Confino: from Collective Memory and Cultural History: Problems of MethodYosef Yerushalmi: from Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish MemoryJan Assmann: from Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism and Collective Memory and Cultural IdentityPeter Berger: from Invitation to Sociology: A Humanistic ApproachEviatar Zerubavel: from Social Memories: Steps towards a Sociology of the PastJeffrey K. Olick: from Collective Memory: The Two CulturesRobert Bellah, Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler, Steven M. Tipton: from Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American LifeAnthony Smith: from The Ethnic Origins of NationsYael Zerubavel: from Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National TraditionBarry Schwartz: from Abraham Lincoln and the Forge of American MemoryPart Three: Power, Politics, and ContestationIntroduction to Part ThreeMichel Foucault: from Film in Popular Memory: An Interview with Michel FoucaultPopular Memory Group: from Popular Memory: Theory, Politics, MethodRaphael Samuel: from Theatres of MemoryJohn Bodnar: from Remaking America: Public Memory, Commemoration and Patriotism in the Twentieth CenturyRoy Rosenzweig and David Thelen: from The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American LifeEric Hobsbawm: from Introduction: Inventing TraditionsTerence Ranger: from The Invention of Tradition Revisited: The Case of Colonial AfricaOrlando Patterson: from Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative StudyRichard Sennett: from Disturbing MemoriesMichael Schudson: from The Past in the Present versus the Present in the PastGladys Lang and Kurt Lang: from Recognition and Renown: The Survival of Artistic ReputationLori Ducharme and Gary Alan Fine: from The Construction of Nonpersonhood and Demonization: Commemorating the 'Traitorous' Reputation of Benedict ArnoldWulf Kansteiner: from Finding Meaning in Memory: A Methodological Critique of Collective Memory StudiesRon Eyerman: from The Past in the Present: Culture and the Transmission of MemoryJeffrey Alexander: from Toward a Cultural Theory of TraumaPart Four: Media and Modes of TransmissionIntroduction to Part FourAndre Leroi-Gourhan: from Gesture and SpeechJack Goody: from Memory in Oral and Literate TraditionsMerlin Donald: from Origins of the Modern Mind: Three Stages in the Evolution of Culture and CognitionAleida Assmann: from Canon and ArchivePaul Connerton: from How Societies RememberHarald Welzer, Sabine Moller, Karoline Tschuggnall, Olaf Jensen, Torsten Koch: from Opa war kein Nazi: Nationalsozialismus und Holocaust im Familiengedachtnis [Grandpa Wasn't a Nazi: National Socialism in Family Memory]Marianne Hirsch: from The Generation of PostmemoryJohn Thompson: from Tradition and Self in a Mediated WorldGeorge Lipsitz: from Time Passages: Collective Memory and American Popular CultureBarbie Zelizer: from Why Memory's Work on Journalism does not Reflect Journalism's Work on MemoryDaniel Dayan and Elihu Katz: from Media Events: The Live Broadcasting of HistoryReinhardt Koselleck: from War Memorials: Identity Formations of the SurvivorsJames Young: from At Memory's Edge: After-Images of the Holocaust in Contemporary ArtVered Vinitzky-Seroussi: From Commemorating a Difficult Past: Yitzhak Rabin's MemorialsM. Christine Boyer: from The City of Collective Memory: Its Historical Imagery and Architectural EntertainmentsDaniele Hervieu-Leger: from Religion as a Chain of MemoryHarald Weinrich: from Lethe: The Art and Critique of ForgettingRobin Wagner-Pacifici: from Memories in the Making: The Shapes of Things that WentPart Five: Memory, Justice, and the Contemporary EpochIntroduction to Part FiveEdward Shils: from TraditionIan Hacking: from Memory Sciences, Memory PoliticsPatrick Hutton: from History as Art of MemoryAnthony Giddens: from Living in a Post-Traditional SocietyDavid Gross: from Lost Time: On Remembering and Forgetting in Late Modern CultureJay Winter: from Remembering War: The Great War between Memory and History in the Twentieth CenturyAndreas Huyssen: from Present Pasts: Media, Politics, AmnesiaPierre Nora: from Reasons for the Current Upsurge in MemoryCharles Maier: from A Surfeit of Memory? Reflections on History, Melancholy and DenialFred Davis: from Yearning for Yesterday: A Sociology of NostalgiaSvetlana Boym: from Nostalgia and Its DiscontentsMichel-Rolph Trouillot: from Abortive Rituals: Historical Apologies in the Global EraDaniel Levy and Natan Sznaider: from Memory Unbound: The Holocaust and the Formation of Cosmopolitan MemoryMark Osiel: from Mass Atrocity, Collective Memory, and the LawAvishai Margalit: from The Ethics of MemoryMarc Auge: from OblivionPaul Ricoeur: from Memory-Forgetting-HistoryCreditsIndex