Bringing together a truly global range of scholars, this volume explores heritage, memory, and identity through a diverse set of subjects, including heritage sites, practices of memorialization, museums, sites of contestation, and human rights.
The Role of Narratives in Commemoration: Remembering as Mediated Action
This opening chapter presents a framework for conceptualizing collective memory that focuses on the ways in which cultural tools mediate collective remembering. The authors begin by evoking recent conflicts that illustrate the powerful links between heritage, memory and identity. They see commemorative practices and artifacts as examples of intangible and tangible heritage that are used as resources to construct and legitimate representations of the past. In their most effective form, these representations take on characteristics of collective remembering, influencing people's understandings of their personal and group identities. The fundamental impacts that national narratives and schematic narrative templates have on how people relate ...