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Non-Governmental Organizations as Actors of Ukrainian Politics of Memory
Non-Governmental Organizations as Actors of Ukrainian Politics of Memory

Author(s): Oleksandr Kornievskyy, Olexii Rozumnyi
Subject(s): Politics, Civil Society
Published by: Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza
Keywords: non-governmental organizations; politics of memory; memory policy; Ukraine; organizacje pozarządowe; polityka pamięci; Ukraina

Summary/Abstract: The article investigates the role of non-governmental organizations as subjects (actors) of Ukrainian politics of memory, as well as the mechanisms used by them to influence the forma- tion of the historical memory of Ukrainian society. The authors resort to comparative qualita- tive research, using an empirical-interpretative version of the method of studying specific cases (case study). The objects of analysis are: the Center for the Study of the Liberation Movement, “Tkuma” Ukrainian Institute for Holocaust Studies, and the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center. The results of the study indicate that NGOs are actively influencing the process of form- ing the historical memory of Ukrainian society. Methods of such influence can be both direct (through various educational activities) and indirect (through interaction with state institutions responsible for the implementation of national memory policy). The effectiveness of this influence is determined by such important factors as the availability of sponsors with significant financial means and/or lobbyists in government agencies and institutions that are part of the state memory policy infrastructure.

  • Issue Year: IX/2019
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 379-391
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English