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Representing, commemorating and memorizing terrorist attacks: discussing the US and French experiences

Greenwald, Alice, Chanin, Clifford, Rousso, Henry, Wieviorka, Michel and Adraoui, Mohamed-Ali ORCID: 0000-0003-0200-0971 (2021) Representing, commemorating and memorizing terrorist attacks: discussing the US and French experiences. Violence: an international journal, 2 (2). 297 - 312. ISSN 2633-0024

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How do societies and states represent the historical, moral, and political weight of the terrorist attacks they have had to face? Having suffered in recent years from numerous terrorist attacks on their soil originating from jihadist movements, and often led by actors who were also their own citizens, France and the United States have set up—or seek to do so—places of memory whose functions, conditions of creation, modes of operation, and nature of the messages sent may vary. Three of the main protagonists and initiators of two museum-memorial projects linked to terrorist attacks have agreed to deliver their visions of the role and of the political, social, and historical context in which these projects have emerged. Allowing to observe similarities and differences between the American and French approach, this interview sheds light on the place of memory and feeling in societies struck by tragic events and seeking to cure their ills through memory and commemoration.

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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2021 09:06
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 03:24

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