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Memories in Ruins

Lisa Yoneyama

in Hiroshima Traces

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780520085862
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520914896 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520085862.003.0003
Memories in Ruins

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This chapter examines the contestatory memories that proliferated out of the renewal projects, particularly those sites that have emerged around various demolition proposals seeking to expel physical reminders of the dark past. It suggests that the inconsistent meanings people attributed to building conservation demonstrate that there are competing attitudes toward remembering, and that not all mnemonic sites have endorsed the same sense of pastness. It also argues that the proliferation of mnemonic sites have interrupted progress toward amnesia in critical ways.

Keywords: renewal projects; demolition; building conservation; mnemonic sites; amnesia

Chapter.  7230 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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