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Making People Remember: Memory and Counter-Memory

The article claims that discussing memory reveals what is seen, in general, as the point of doing social sciences. Often the task of social scientific inquiry is to remind the reader of social issues. Simultaneously, recollection helps to form a collectivity, a sense of shared identity. In the works of Michel Foucault and Michel de Certeau memory plays, however, a contrary role: it helps to break down and escape rigid orders of control; for both, the most important form of remembering is that of counter-memory . Towards the end of the article, the relationship between different forms of memory are discussed with the concrete example of a study on the way the violence of the year 1918 has been remembered in Finland.

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