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International constructions of national memories: the aims and effects of foreign donors' support for genocide remembrance in Rwanda

Ibreck, Rachel (2013) International constructions of national memories: the aims and effects of foreign donors' support for genocide remembrance in Rwanda. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 7 (2). pp. 149-169. ISSN 1750-2977

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17502977.2012.714242

Abstract

Commemoration of the victims of conflict is a characteristic national act of post-conflict statebuilding in which the significance and ownership of memorials is typically contested. In the case of post-genocide Rwanda, such contestation is overlain with international agendas and influences. Certain international donors supported memorialization as part of programmes to aid societal reconstruction and reconciliation and to prevent conflict. Studies of international contributions to genocide memorials, especially the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, reveal tensions in this agenda, which seeks to construct both national identity and an imagined ‘international community’ and serves to extend the remit of international actors.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/risb20/current#.VH7...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2014 09:07
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2019 23:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/60383

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