“Climbing Over Dead Brambles”? Politics and Memory within Ulster Loyalism

James W. McAuley

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The Black Studies scholar and activist Martha Jones once described memory as the “place where past and present collide.”¹ That clash involves a range of social processes including not just those of “remembering,” but also of “forgetting” and sometimes of politically constructed amnesia.² Perhaps most important, memory often involves a presentation of past events that is highly selective, distorted, and altered to fit contemporary circumstances.³ This understanding often also serves as the justification for contemporary actions and the legitimation of contemporary beliefs, attitudes, goals, and political actions.⁴

Hence memory is best understood as a social construct, presented through representations that...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRemembering the Troubles
Subtitle of host publicationContesting the Recent past in Northern Ireland
EditorsJim Smyth
PublisherUniversity of Notre Dame Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)0268101752, 9780268101756
ISBN (Print)0268101744, 9780268101749
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2017

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