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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Memory Politics?

Religion and Cultural Memory (tr. Rodney Livingstone),
Jan Assmann, Stanford University Press, 2006, page 29

Do politics ever get involved in memory? Doesn't memory (which most people think of as an absolute record of what happened to them) always start apart from politics, which everyone knows is transient, fickle and ephemeral? Assmann doesn't think so:

No doubt ... early instances of writing-based cultural memory that digs deep into the spaces of memory also contain their fair share of memory politics in the service on bonding memory.

Oh dear, it appears that cultural memory is subject to political demands.

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