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Title: The social organization of representations of history: the textual accomplishment of coming to terms with the past
Authors: Tileaga, Cristian
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: © British Psychological Society
Citation: TILEAGA, C., 2009. The social organization of representations of history: the textual accomplishment of coming to terms with the past. British Journal of Social Psychology, 48 (2), pp. 337-355.
Abstract: This paper is concerned with the social organization of collective memory and representations of history in the context of how post-communist democracies reckon with former regimes. It specifically centres on the textual accomplishment of coming to terms with the past in the 'Tismăneanu Report' condemning Communism in Romania. The focus is on how the Report displays and shapes the ideological contours of coming to terms with the past around a particular 'social representation' of history. Several constitutive features of the Report that facilitate bringing off a particular 'representation of history' are identified: (a) the construction of a practical framework for the inquiry as a matter of public concern and attention; (b) the production of 'Communism' as an empirical category with uniquely bound features; and (c) the structuring of time by bringing together a political agenda and national identity. The present argument tries to place representations of history (and coming to terms with the past) as something in need of constitution rather than simply relied on. It is suggested that a conception of coming to terms with the past as a textual accomplishment may lead to a fuller appreciation of the structure, function and salience of representations of history as integral part of moral/political/legal courses of action.
Description: This article was published in the serial, British Journal of Social Psychology [© British Psychological Society]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1348/014466608X349487
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1348/014466608X349487
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/5428
ISSN: 0144-6665
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