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Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity$
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Jeffrey Alexander

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520235946

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520235946.001.0001

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The Trauma of Perpetrators: The Holocaust as the Traumatic Reference of German National Identity

The Trauma of Perpetrators: The Holocaust as the Traumatic Reference of German National Identity

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(p.112) Chapter 4 The Trauma of Perpetrators: The Holocaust as the Traumatic Reference of German National Identity
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Cultural Trauma and Collective Identity
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Bernhard Giesen

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520235946.003.0004

Memory chains establish the statement of stability, durability, and continuity in peculiarity to the never-ending change of the unique world and set up a horizon, border, and space of possible pasts. There is no possible way to picture a land beyond the horizon of triumph and trauma. Traumas and triumphs comprise the “mythomoteurs” of national identity. They stand for experiences and ultimate horizons for the self-constitution of a collective subject. Similar to this topic, collective identity is built according to a similar logic. It is not only founded on past triumphs. It references the past and can also be traumatic. The trauma is the opposite of triumph, but it is constructed according to similar logic.

Keywords:   triumph, trauma, logic, collective identity, mythomoteurs

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