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      Collective Memory and the Dutch East Indies : Unremembering Decolonization 

      Collective Memory and Unremembering

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          Maurice Halbwachs demonstrated that memory is shaped by social forces. I argue that collective memory is mediated in symbolic representations. National collective memory is unstable and open to revision and is a site for dispute between alternative representations. Changes in media lead to changes in collective memory. The trauma within collective memory is passed down through generations. I argue that collective memory is not a process of remembering and forgetting, but remembering and unremembering. Unremembering is a process of concealment. Literature is significant in shaping collective memory, but so too are film, memoir, public media like newspapers and television, as well as works of historical scholarship. I end this chapter with a factual summary of the Indonesian War of Independence.

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          978 94 6372 874 4
          978 90 4855 307 5
          September 27 2021
          September 27 2021
          10.5117/9789463728744
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          Self URI ( Book ): https://www.aup.nl/en/book/9789463728744
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          September 27 2021
          : 15-26
          10.5117/9789463728744_ch01
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