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Title: The poverty of memory: For political economy in memory studies
Authors: Allen, Matthew J.
First Published: 24-Jul-2016
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Memory Studies, 2016, 9 (4), pp. 371-375
Abstract: Memory and economy share unique historical correspondence and conflation in ways that continue to be felt for shaping and affecting our social lives. For a quick illustration we can recall that the apocryphal “discovery” of the method of loci art of memory, as recounted by Cicero, occurred in a moment of economic dispute. Or consider here that the legal genealogy of the modern corporation has its origins in the collegia of Roman law, which included burial societies charged in perpetuity with ensuring the proper observation of memorial rites in the event of a member’s death. More crucially many members of society have already begun to feel how so called austerity measures, imposed on public services throughout the world following the 2008 financial crisis, have affected memory in society; from distressing autobiographical memories with redundancy and unemployment to the withdrawal of much needed services for those members of society living with a difficult relation to the past. Memory and economy are fundamentally interwoven. The confluence of these domains has on occasion dispensed our techniques, legal frameworks and psychic conditions for organising economic and mnemonic relations. Even so memory studies has yet to fully elaborate an agenda, along with the requisite theoretical and methodological tools, to properly explain the origins and implications of these dynamics. It is beyond the scope of this editorial, and my own limitations, to deliver here the kind of survey needed to follow all these contours, but I do want to highlight some inroads with the intention of opening further dialogue and debate that problem-poses memory in some way with reference to economic dynamics. [Opening paragraph]
DOI Link: 10.1177/1750698016661131
ISSN: 1750-6980
eISSN: 1750-6999
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2016. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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