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Commemorating and Forgetting: Challenges for the New South Africa

Martin J. Murray


The end of apartheid and the transition to parliamentary democracy brought to the surface a host of tensions that were long suppressed under white minority rule. Yet as the ‘new nation’ struggled to establish a firm footing, the lingering ghosts of the past continued to haunt the present. The primary aim of this book is to explore how collective memory works, that is, how the historical past is made to matter in the ‘new South Africa’. A central concern is the question of representation, that is, how the historical past is made to appear in the present. How is the history of white minority rul ... More

Keywords: Collective memory and selective forgetting, Contemporary (post-apartheid) South Africa, Heritage and tourism studies, Commemorative practices, Monuments and memorials, Museums and public exhibitions, Thanotourism, Traumascapes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816682997
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816682997.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin J. Murray, author
Professor of Urban Planning and Sociology, University of Michigan