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Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Revisionism in Postcolonial Africa
The Case of Mozambique, 1975-1994
This groundbreaking study investigates defining themes in the field of social memory studies as they bear on the politics of post-Cold-War, post-apartheid Southern Africa.
Examining the government’s attempts to revise postcolonial Mozambique’s traumatic past with a view to negotiating the present, Alice Dinerman stresses the path-dependence of memory practices while tracing their divergent trajectories, shifting meanings and varied combinations within ruling discourse and performance.
Central themes include:
* the interplay between past and present
* the dialectic between remembering and forgetting
* the dynamics between popular and official memory discourses
* the politics of acknowledgement.
Dinerman’s original analysis is essential reading for students of modern Africa; the sociology of memory; Third World politics and post-conflict societies.
420 pages; ISBN 9781135988074
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