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Author Olick, Jeffrey K., 1964-

Title The Politics of Regret : On Collective Memory and Historical Responsibility
Published Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013
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Contents Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; Part I; 1. Introduction: From Collective Memory to the Politics of Regret; The Society of Narratives; The German Case; Halbwachs' Legacies; The Dynamics of Collective Remembering; Collective Memory and Historical Sociology; The Sociology of Retrospection; The Politics of Regret; Conclusion; 2. Collective Memory: The Two Cultures; Origins; Two Cultures; Collected versus Collective Memory; Collected Memory; Collective Memory; An Example: Individual and Collective Dimensions of Trauma; Conclusions
3. Collective Memory and Cultural Constraint:Holocaust Myth and Rationality in German PoliticsNew Political Culture Analysis and the Interpretive Turn; Mythic and Rational Logics of Cultural Constraint; Proscription: Taboos and Prohibitions; Prescription: Duties and Requirements; Holocaust Myth and Rationality in German Political Culture; Strategy and Morality in German Rehabilitation; The Mytho-Logics of Identity: Perpetration and Denial; Taboos and Transgression Costs: The Jenninger Affair; The Historians' Dispute: From Taboo to Prohibition; Conclusions
4. Genre Memories and Memory Genres: A Dialogical Analysis of May 8, 1945, Commemorations in the FederalRepublic of GermanyGenre Memories and Memory Genres; May 8, 1945, in West German History; Period 1: Defeat, Liberation, and the German Victim; Period 2: Liberation and the Pan-European Future; Period 3: Normalcy and Normalization; Period 4: Normalization through Relativization; Period 5: Commemoration in the New Germany; Conclusion; 5. Figurations of Memory: A Process-RelationalMethodology, Illustrated on the German Case; Introduction; The Process-Relational Critique
Four Process-Relational CounterconceptsField; Medium; Genre; Profile; Conclusions; Part II; 6. The Politics of Regret: Analytical Frames; Moral Philosophy and the Discourse of Universal Human Rights; Transitology; The Historical Sociology of Political Regret; Regret and Responsibility; Shame Culture versus Guilt Culture Revisited; The Rationalized World and the Ethic of Responsibility; Apology as Universal Norms of Justice; Conclusions; 7. The Value of Regret? Lessons from and for Germany; 8. From Theodicy to Ressentiment: Trauma and the Ages of Compensation; Introduction
The Theory of RessentimentNietzsche; Weber; Scheler; Arendt; Legacies of Ressentiment; Brown; Améry; Levinas; Ressentiment and the Account of Modernity; Conclusions; 9. Collective Memory and Chronic Differentiation: Historicity and the Public Sphere; The History of Memory; Memory and Modernity; Temporality Transformed; Memory and the Public Sphere; Chronic Differentiation; Endnotes; References; Index
Summary In the past decade, Jeffrey Olick has established himself as one of the world's pre-eminent sociologists of memory (and, related to this, both cultural sociology and social theory). His recent book on memory in postwar Germany, In the House of the Hangman (University of Chicago Press, 2005) has garnered a great deal of acclaim. This book collects his best essays on a range of memory related issues and adds a couple of new ones. It is more conceptually expansive than his other work and will serve as a great introduction to this important theorist. In the past quarter century, the issue of memor
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ISBN 1135909814
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