The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Commemorating a Difficult Past

  title={The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Commemorating a Difficult Past},
  author={Robin Wagner-Pacifici and Barry Schwartz},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  pages={376 - 420}
The problem of commemoration is an important aspect of the sociology of culture because it bears on the way society conceives its past. Current approaches to this problem draw on Émile Durkheim and emphasize the way commemorative objects celebrate society's former glories. This article on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial deals with the way society assimilates past events that are less than glorious and whose memory induces controversy instead of consensus. The Vietnam War differed from other wars… Expand
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