Cultural Movements and Collective Memory: Christopher Columbus and the Rewriting of the National Origin Myth

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Palgrave Macmillan, Sep 15, 2008 - History - 261 pages
"Why can some powerless groups rewrite the past? Professor Kubal, a specialist in social movements and culture, uses political process theory to examine the four most successful cultural movements that have mobilized around Columbus. He examines three centuries of commemoration and argues that patriotic, religious, ethnic, and anti-colonial movements were most successful at rewriting the national origin myth because they took advantage of political opportunities, efficiently mobilized resources, and effectively framed their communication. The book provides a clear application of the political process model and tells an interesting, sometimes humorous story of how the powerless public can mobilize to rewrite the past."--BOOK JACKET.

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Timothy Kubal is Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University at Fresno.

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