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.
Narrating Shared Identity
This chapter argues that collective memories can be understood as narratives that are negotiated in concrete social relationships. In the context of globalization, the task of establishing a coherent and sustaining couple identity has become more problematic. Using life-story conversations with Arab–Jewish mixed couples living in France, we describe how couples create, or fail to create, a coherent story of their identity. Our study of Olivier and Sylvie argues that finding a shared identity is fraught with difficulties. Their couple identity is shaped by relational factors internal to the couple: wishes, dreams, compromises and power contribute to the character and structure of their narrative. Their narrative is also configured by relationships external to the couple, ...