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The politics of 'forgetting' as poetics of belonging: between Greek self-narration and reappraisal (Michaniona, 2000/3)

Tzanelli, R (2007) The politics of 'forgetting' as poetics of belonging: between Greek self-narration and reappraisal (Michaniona, 2000/3). Nations and Nationalism, 13 (4). 675 - 694 . ISSN 1354-5078


The repressive mechanisms of collective memory have received due attention in the social sciences, with scholars examining the ethics of remembering and forgetting and their political implications. This study focuses on episodes that took place in a Northern Greek town in 2000 and 2003, when an Albanian student was twice denied the right to hold the Greek flag during a commemorative national parade. It is argued that this line of action against the student, representative of Greek attitudes towards immigrants in Greece, asserted the locality's participation in the Greek ‘imagined community’. This was made possible through a process of ‘forgetting’ the locality's history and the analogies this presents with the experience of contemporary immigration. Questioning the ethical implications of this collective decision, the article links regional micro-politics to nationalist discourses that originate in the European project itself.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2011 12:41
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 03:50
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8129.2007.00314.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1469-8129.2007.00314.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/43386

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