Genocide and the Politics of Memory: Studying Death to Preserve Life

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Epilogue
Memory, Hope, and Triumph over Evil

The power of memory lies in the fact that traditions have been built over many hundreds of years and generations have followed and believed in these traditions. Ideas of international cooperation, justice, and morality may seem, in an age of instant bromides and televised revelations of people's deepest emotional problems, archaic or perhaps overly idealistic. Unfortunately, idealism, in an age in which the dominant ethos is "get what you can while you can get it," has been turned into a pejorative. No longer are young people told to reach for Browning's unattainable ideal in the hope that, even if they fall short, they may have helped to better the human condition in some small way. Today one must be practical, one must be a selfish seeker of material gratification, or one is left behind in the race for success. Yet a world

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page ii
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • One - Politics, Memory, and Mass Death 1
  • Two - Studying Death 37
  • 1 - Constructing Memory Survivors and Theorist 39
  • 11 - Explaining Memory Positivist and Interpretive Social Science 71
  • 111 - Transmitting Memory Why People Kill 95
  • Three - >Preserving Life 157
  • Epilogue - Memory, Hope, and Triumph Over Evil 213
  • References 217
  • Index 237
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