Voices of Collective Remembering
This book draws on psychology, history, literary theory, semiotics, sociology, and political science to provide a comprehensive review of collective memory. It then outlines a particular formulation based on how narratives are produced by the modern state, and how they are consumed, or used by individuals. These issues are examined with the help of examples from the transformation Russia has undergone as it entered its post-Soviet phase. This setting provides a case study of how the state can lose control of collective memory and how memory can be regenerated in unique ways.
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Introduction and Acknowledgments page
A Term in Search of a Meaning
State Production of Official Historical Narratives
Narrative Dialogicality and Narrative Templates in
The Consumption of Historical Narratives
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