Agonistic Memory Revisited

Anna Cento Bull, Hans Lauge Hansen, Francisco Colom-González

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This chapter argues that an agonistic conception of democracy can revitalize the memory of past social struggles as a way to re-politicize the public sphere and unsettle the xenophobic and nationalistic narratives that have eroded the European project in the recent decades. Far from fearing the conflictual potential of the recalling of traumatic experiences, agonistic memory tries to bring to the forefront the complex subjective dimension of social representations and the adversarial character of the political processes to which they are connected. However, in order to activate its democratic capacity, an agonistic mode of remembering has to bring to the awareness its own historical contingency and to include the diversity of multiple and radically discordant perspectives without falling into the unintended collateral legitimization of the crimes committed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgonistic Memory and the Legacy of 20th Century Wars in Europe
EditorsS. Berger, W. Kansteiner
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783030860554
ISBN (Print)9783030860547
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jan 2022

Publication series

NamePalgrave Macmillan Memory Studies
ISSN (Print)2634-6257
ISSN (Electronic)2634-6265

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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