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    Rethinking Difficult Pasts: Bloody Sunday (1972) as a Case Study

    Conway, Brian (2009) Rethinking Difficult Pasts: Bloody Sunday (1972) as a Case Study. Cultural Sociology, 3 (3). pp. 397-413. ISSN 1749-9755

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    The sociological literature on collective memory puts forward fragmented and multivocal commemorations as two dominant ways of responding to difficult pasts. This article argues that there is room for improvement in these models by specifying the conditions under which a controversial past can be remembered initially in a fragmented way and, with greater temporal distance from the original event, can evolve into a more consensual form of commemoration in which the past is seized upon as a resource to advance the politics of reconciliation between two opposing identity groups in an unsettled society. An evolving political climate, active memory choreography, and the usability of the past in the present all help account for this. The empirical evidence to support this theoretical claim comes from a long-range, historical study of the case of Bloody Sunday (1972).

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Preprint version of original published article in Cultural Sociology; DOI: 10.1177/1749975509105539
    Keywords: Memory; Northern Ireland; memorials; Bloody Sunday; commemoration; controlled consensus; social movement organizations;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 2874
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    Depositing User: Brian Conway
    Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2011 16:22
    Journal or Publication Title: Cultural Sociology
    Publisher: Sage
    Refereed: No
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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