Memory, Trauma and Genocidal Nationalism.

Ray, Larry J. (2003) Memory, Trauma and Genocidal Nationalism. In: Cambridge International Studies Association Conference on Genocide and World Politics, Cambridge University. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Nationalism poses several analytical problems for sociology, since it stands at the intersection of familiar binary conceptual contrasts. It further has the capacity to appear alternatively democratic and violent. This paper examines the conditions for violent nationalism, with particular reference to the Kosovo conflict. It argues that the conditions for potentially genocidal nationalism lie in the apparently routine rituals through which 'nations' are remembered and constructed. Violent nationalism may appear where the transmission of collective identities is infused with mourning and traumatic memory. However, the presence of such forms of memory is not sufficient in themselves to provoke violent nationalism. These are unleashed in the context of state crisis where former loyalties are replaced with highly affective commitment to rectification of imagined historical wrongs.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Larry Ray
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2008 15:23
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 10:22
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/6280 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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