History and Collective Memory from the Margins: A Global Perspective


Sahana Mukherjee, PhD (Editor)
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, USA

Phia S. Salter, PhD (Editor)
Associate Professor of Psychology, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, USA

Series: Cultural Studies in the Third Millennium
BISAC: HIS039000

This edited volume brings together interdisciplinary research from diverse fields such as psychology, history, education, and cultural studies to examine the interconnections between collective memory, history, and identity. With research and theoretical examples from around the world, this volume presents both majority and minority, powerful and marginalized perspectives on national representations of history and their various identity-relevant antecedents, meanings, and consequences. Several contributions in this volume highlight the tension between engaging conflicted and negative histories with understanding the nation and the self in the present while other contributions extend this conversation to consider the impact of conflicted histories on future generations.

The volume is organized into four parts. Part I highlights emerging theoretical discussions of remembering the past from social identity, intergroup emotion, and sociocultural perspectives. Parts II and III both highlight the bi-directional relationship between how people from various dominant and marginalized groups represent the nation and the consequences for contemporary intergroup relations. These sections highlight how national narratives shape our ideas of who we are, collectively, and how motivations and contemporary identity concerns shape how people engage with the past. To conclude, the book wraps up by discussing intergenerational patterns of collective memory in Part IV. Together, the contributions offer insight into how and why historical events can influence our identity, emotions, relationships, and our motivations to engage with the past.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Intergroup Conflict through a Sociocultural Lens: How Collective Histories and Memories Impact Present-Day Intergroup Understandings and Misunderstandings
(Valerie Jones Taylor, PhD, Tiffany N. Brannon and Juan Valladares, Department of Psychology and Africana Studies, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, US)

Chapter 2. The Complex Question of Social Construction in Nationalism: Is Collective Memory a Top-Down or a Bottom-Up Process?
(Martin David-Blais, PhD, and Christian R. Bellehumeur, PhD, Université Saint-Paul, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Chapter 3. Longing for the Good Old Days of ‘Our Country’: Understanding the Triggers, Functions and Consequences of National Nostalgia
(Anouk Smeekes, ERCOMER, Utrecht University, Netherlands)

Chapter 4. Representations of History and Present-Day Intergroup Relations between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous People: The Mapuche in Chile
(Ana Figueiredo, Carolina Rocha, Trinidad Ferreiro, Catarina Guerrero, Micaela Varela, Pietro Montagna, Bernardita Garcia, Loreto Muñoz, Magdalena Schmidt, Marcela Cornejo and Laurent Licata, Society and Health Research Center, Faculty of Humanities, Universidad Mayor, Chile, and others)

Chapter 5. Sites of Memory and Social Justice: Waterford’s Magdalene Laundry
(Jennifer O’Mahoney, PhD, Waterford Institute of Technology, Department of Applied Arts, School of Humanities, Waterford, Ireland)

Chapter 6. Mirabai in History and in the Contemporary Narratives of Women in Rajasthan
(Sohini Biswas, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India)

Chapter 7. Historical Narratives and Their Interplay with Templates and National Identification in a Nation-State in Decline: The Case of Flanders (Belgium) in the 21st Century
(Karel Van Nieuwenhuyse, Associate Professor, History Department, Faculty of Arts, University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)

Chapter 8. Motivated Histories: How Visions of National past Reflect Human Motivations in Poland and Germany
(Michał Bilewicz, Marta Witkowska, Immo Frische, Markus Barth and Maria Babińska, University of Warsaw, Poland, and others)

Chapter 9. Collective Continuity, Identity, and Group History
(Chelsea A. Witt, Ruth H. Warner and Mitchell M. Lorenz, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MI, US, and others)

Chapter 10. “I Thought Ghettos Just Happened”: White Americans’ Responses to Learning about Place-Based Critical History
(Brett Russell Coleman, PhD, Courtney M. Bonam, PhD, and Caitlyn Yantis, PhD, Department of Health and Community Studies, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, US, and others)

Chapter 11. Framing the American Dream: How the Privileging of U.S. Collective Memory Influences U.S. National Ecocultural Identity and Response to Natural Disasters
(Shannon Audley, PhD, Sarah Leandro and Julia Ginsburg, Smith College, Northampton, MA, US)

Chapter 12. 1939 Redux? Resisting and Endorsing Holocaust Analogies in the Global Refugee Crisis
(Nida Bikmen, Denison University, Department of Psychology, St. Granville, OH, US)

Chapter 13. Japanese American Identity, Collective Memory, and the World War II Incarceration
(Donna K. Nagata, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, US)

Chapter 14. World War II Wounds (Not) Healed by Time: Negative Action Tendencies in Sino-Japanese and Taiwanese-Japanese Relations across Two Generations
(Katja Hanke, James H. Liu, Li-Li Huang and Fei-xue Wang, GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany, and others)

Chapter 15. Mapping Memory Culture in Germany: What, How, and Why Germans Remember
(Jonas H. Rees, Michael Papendick and Andreas Zick, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany)


“This interdisciplinary book is timely and historic because it sheds light on how narratives of majority and minority identities in our contemporary world are being shaped by contested, uneven, and fractured acts of historical memory and collective remembering. The various chapters masterfully articulate global stories of identity formation that are unfolding from the center and the periphery and from the dominant and marginalized perspectives in local societies such as Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, India, New Zealand, and Poland. This book employs an array of complex, rich, and diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, and in my view, the volume has all the makings of a timeless classic.” – Sunil Bhatia, PhD, Professor & Chair, Department of Human Development, Connecticut College, United States

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