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Selective memory: channelling the past in post-GDR society Patricia Hogwood, University of Westminster. Selective memory: channelling the past in post-GDR society. Beyond the classic ‘trauma’ studies New research agendas Case study: ‘selective memory’ in post-GDR consumer behaviour:
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- implications for memory research
- understanding family and institutional channels for collective memory
- the development of key concepts including ‘victimhood’ and ‘normalisation’
- self-perceptions of ‘victimhood’ not necessarily universal; may be differentiated.
- perceptions of ‘the perpetrator’ may differ (e.g. SED state, FRG government).
- ‘victimisation’ may be experienced as a temporal phenomenon rather than a group phenomenon.
- differentiated memories of victimhood may prompt different collective responses.
- important to avoid linear and essentialist accounts that assume a developmental ‘progression’ to a western ideal (Smith and Jehlička, 2007). East Germany may adopt internal or external benchmarks for ‘normality’.
- the relevance of the post-GDR experience for transitions to democracy in other central and eastern European countries;
- working not only with representational practitioners (heritage sector, writers and artists) but also with those involved with the impacts or uses of memory representation – media, politics, education, psychology etc.
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