Collective memory: theory and politics

  title={Collective memory: theory and politics},
  author={Chris Weedon and Glenn H. Jordan},
  journal={Social Semiotics},
  pages={143 - 153}
This essay outlines key issues in current approaches to cultural and collective memory. It reflects on memory's relation to history and its social, cultural and political roles, drawing on theoretical insights from Halbwachs, Ricoeur, Nora and Hirsch. It addresses the issues of affect, postmemory and counter-memory, locating the articles in the special section within this broader cultural political field. 

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