Memory and space

(Re)reading Halbwachs

Authored by: Sarah Gensburger

The Routledge Handbook of Memory and Place

Print publication date:  September  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815386308
eBook ISBN: 9780815354260
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780815354260-9

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Abstract

‘Maurice Halbwachs founded the field of collective memory’ (Schwartz & Schuman 2005: 183). The nineteenth-century French sociologist is indeed constantly described as a ‘founding father’ of the emerging field of memory studies (Olick 2009; Lustiger Thaler 2013). However, the reference to Halbwachs remains formal in nature.

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