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|Title:||Legitimate Illusions: A Critique of the Concept of Historical Identity|
|Authors:||Davies, Martin L.|
|Publisher:||Versita, co-published with Springer Verlag on behalf of the Institute for Research in Social Communication, Slovak Academy of Sciences|
|Citation:||Human Affairs, 2006, 16 (1), pp.37-50|
|Abstract:||This essay questions the natural use of historical identity for political legitimation. Though it recognizes that history is supposed to have a legitimating function, it analyzes what historical knowledge actually does in contemporary society. This analysis brings out fatal ambivalences inherent in the concepts of both identity and history. It argues that historical knowledge is illusory because, as the product of technical expertise, it occludes basic, existential realities. It reveals history as the symbolic reflection, if not the ideological mask, of alienating social conditions and morbid cultural values. In conclusion, the essay proposes that human sociability should be fostered not by deceptive historical identities but by existential priorities.|
|Rights:||Copyright 2006 Institute for Research in Social Communication, Slovak Academy of Sciences.|
|Description:||Metadata only entry|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles, School of Historical Studies|
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