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Wspólnoty pamięci lokalnej i narodowej. Kilka uwag o ich zbiorowym wytwarzaniu a la polonaise
Communities of Local and National Memory: A Few Comments about Their Collective Formation à la Polonaise

Author(s): Joanna Kurczewska
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, History, Social Sciences, Sociology, Social history, Recent History (1900 till today), Nationalism Studies, Transformation Period (1990 - 2010), Post-Communist Transformation, Sociology of Politics, Politics of History/Memory, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: social memory; communities of local memory; communities of national memory; emotional community; civic society; institutions; organizations of commemoration

Summary/Abstract: Kurczewska explores how communities of local and national memory are formed. Working on the assumption that they are emotional communities, she diagnoses them from a socio-institutional perspective, drawing on numerous empirical studies on local communities and their basic collective agents, such as associations, clubs and other initiatives. She proposes that the years 1989-2015 (i.e. the Third Republic) saw the formation of communities of memory, which functioned on the meso level of Polish society. They shaped the content and forms of collective memory, becoming an essential social and cultural resource for Polish memory. Kurczewska points out that these communities are a necessary element to diagnose the national memory of Polish society as a complex structural entity. Last but not least, they are a factor in a ‘grassroots’ social and cultural interpretation on the level of the macrosociety of the state.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 30-51
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish