Knowledge and Space

Cultural Memories

The Geographical Point of View

Editors: Meusburger, Peter, Heffernan, Michael, Wunder, Edgar (Eds.)

  • The first volume on cultural memories dealing with spatiality of knowledge and the role of places

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The revival of interest in collective cultural memories since the 1980s has been a genuinely global phenomenon. Cultural memories can be defined as the social constructions of the past that allow individuals and groups to orient themselves in time and space. The investigation of cultural memories has necessitated an interdisciplinary perspective, though geographical questions about the spaces, places, and landscapes of memory have acquired a special significance. The essays in this volume, written by leading anthropologists, geographers, historians, and psychologists, open a range of new interpretations of the formation and development of cultural memories from ancient times to the present day. The volume is divided into five interconnected sections. The first section outlines the theoretical considerations that have shaped recent debates about cultural memory. The second section provides detailed case studies of three key themes: the founding myths of the nation-state, the contestation of national collective memories during periods of civil war, and the oral traditions that move beyond national narrative. The third section examines the role of World War II as a pivotal episode in an emerging European cultural memory. The fourth section focuses on cultural memories in postcolonial contexts beyond Europe. The fifth and final section extends the study of cultural memory back into premodern tribal and nomadic societies.

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“This book is a worthy testament to the significance of a geographical focus to memory studies. ... It is written in an accessible style, chapters are succinct, and the best are wholly engaging. This volume will be of great interest to scholars of memory studies in general as well as a valuable teaching resource for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. In sum, this set of essays makes a notable addition to an already lively and significant field of geographical scholarship.” (Nuala C. Johnson, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Vol. 102 (3), 2012)

“... Der vorliegende Band bereichert durch seine Vielzahl theoretischer und fallstudienorientierter Thematiken die Diskussion um das kulturelle Gedächtnis aus geografischer Perspektive. ... der Sammelband einen vielseitigen und wissenschaftlich hochkarätigen Überblick über die – leider viel zu selten thematisierte Beziehung – zwischen kulturellem Gedächtnis und Ort bietet.” (Dipl.-Ing. (FH) M.Sc. Architekt AKNW Andreas Wesener, in: Geographische Zeitschrift, Jg. 101, Heft 1, 2013)


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Cultural Memories: An Introduction

    Meusburger, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 3-14

  • Communicative and Cultural Memory

    Assmann, Jan

    Pages 15-27

  • Memory and Space in the Work of Maurice Halbwachs

    Middleton, David (et al.)

    Pages 29-49

  • Knowledge, Cultural Memory, and Politics

    Meusburger, Peter

    Pages 51-69

  • The Rütli in Switzerland: Minor Memory—Major Ambitions

    Kreis, Georg

    Pages 73-85

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Softcover $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3603-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cultural Memories
Book Subtitle
The Geographical Point of View
Editors
  • Peter Meusburger
  • Michael Heffernan
  • Edgar Wunder
Series Title
Knowledge and Space
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8945-8
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8945-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8944-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3603-0
Series ISSN
1877-9220
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 384
Topics