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During this wide-ranging learn of the politics of reminiscence in Northern eire, Brian Conway examines the 'career' of the commemoration of Bloody Sunday, and appears at how and why the best way this old occasion is remembered has gone through switch over the years. Drawing on unique empirical info, he offers new insights into the controversy on collective reminiscence.

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Memories of the past tend to play a key role in people’s identity storylines – either at an individual or collective level – about what makes them different from or similar to others. Announcing one’s identity at regular intervals via symbols, myths and practices, serves to reinforce and strengthen ingroup attachment and out-group differentiation. 32 At the same time, identity storylines undergo change as people invest new meanings in symbols of themselves in the context of different presents. Symbols also play an important role in social categorization and delineating power differences in society.

This story about the trajectory of Bloody Sunday memory provides a fascinating opportunity to bring to bear a sociological analysis of collective memory. 14 With Winter I emphasize – via the memory work concept15 and the multi-level model used to understand it introduced in the next section – what non-elite social actors do and say to keep the past fresh in their own and other people’s memories and their connection to an interesting grid of local, national and global factors. Memory work: A multi-level model At a basic level then, commemoration is work.

Finally, the methodological appendix details how memory work in relation to this historical event was empirically studied. com - licensed to University of South Florida - PalgraveConnect - 2011-05-25 22 Bloody Sunday in Historical Perspective Bloody Sunday tends to be viewed as a key spark of “the Troubles” and as a switchpoint of Northern Irish politics. 1 At the same time, Bloody Sunday was a godsend to the recruiting sergeants of militant Irish republicanism because what happened in Derry in 1972 articulated with longstanding historical grievances among nationalists towards the British state connected with a long experience of colonialization and imperialism.

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