In State Repression and the Struggles for Memory, sociologist Elizabeth Jelin exposes the enduring consequences of repression and the conflicted and contingent nature of memory. Drawing on a wide range of examples, from Bosnia to Rwanda to Argentina's Dirty War, she explores how memory and politics intertwine and the forms in which memory - and forgetting - shape individual and collective identities. The book is rooted in the past of South America, but its reach is much wider. The analysis and reflections presented here draw on theories of historical and social memory, trauma and testimony, 'truth' and how memory is created through confrontation and struggle. Cutting across disciplines - history, anthropology, sociology, psychology and legal anthropology - State Repression and the Struggles for Memory is the best existing introduction to the political uses of memory. Book jacket.
State Repression and the Labors of Memory
University of Minnesota Press