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Author Murray, Martin J.

Title Commemorating and forgetting : challenges for the new South Africa / Martin J. Murray
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2013]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 305 pages) : illustrations
Contents Memory and amnesia after apartheid -- The power of collective memory -- White lies: myth-making and social memory in the service of white minority rule -- Facing backward, looking forward: the politics of remembering and forgetting -- Collective memory in place: the Voortrekker Monument and the Hector Pieterson Memorial -- Haunted heritage: visual display at District Six and Robben Island -- Makeshift memorials: marking time with vernacular remembrance -- Textual memories: autobiographical writing at a time of uncertainty -- Epilogue: history and heritage
Summary When the past is painful, as riddled with violence and injustice as it is in postapartheid South Africa, remembrance presents a problem at once practical and ethical: how much of the past to preserve and recollect and how much to erase and forget if the new nation is to ever unify and move forward? The new South Africa's confrontation of this dilemma is Martin J. Murray's subject in Commemorating and Forgetting. More broadly, this book explores how collective memory works-how framing events, persons, and places worthy of recognition and honor entails a selective appropriatio
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Collective memory -- South Africa.
Political culture -- South Africa.
Public history -- South Africa.
Social change -- Psychological aspects.
South Africa -- Historiography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013010195
ISBN 145293956X (electronic bk.)
9781452939568 (electronic bk.)