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M. Christine Boyer

In: The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

Chapter 18: Collective Memory Under Siege: The Case of ‘Heritage Terrorism’

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Collective Memory Under Siege: The Case of ‘Heritage Terrorism’
Collective memory under siege: The case of ‘heritage terrorism’
M. ChristineBoyer

Since memory is actually a very important factor in struggle … if one controls people's memory, one controls their dynamism. And one also controls their experience, their knowledge of previous struggles (Foucault 1989, 89–106)1

Since architectural collective memory is literally carved or erected in stone, and thus tangible, monolithic, recognizable and permanent, it has been called the archetypal collective memory (Olick 2007, 89). If collective memory is under siege in the twenty-first century, as will be argued here, what then does architectural collective memory actually signify? What fundamental assumptions about history, memory, identity and the nation underlie architectural practice when it ventures into the process of memorialization or ...

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