Edited By Pille Runnel, Pille Pruulmann-Vengerfeldt, Piret Viires and Marin Laak
Changing Users of Memory Institutions. Krista Lepik
61 Changing Users of Memory Institutions Krista Lepik PhD Student University of Tartu Librarian University of Tartu Library Struve 1, 50091 Tartu, Estonia email@example.com 1. Introduction In 1822, Auguste Comte was positive about inventing a strategic plan of scien- ti� c work to help society on restoring stability, harmony, and eventually, pros- pering. Coming to consensus, for illuminated men of his time, couldn’t be an issue, wouldn’t it? To this day, “social physics” has been developing, bringing about numerous theories and debates on society, concerning its different aspects and problems. Trying to describe and analyse another order: post-modern society, post-industrial society, information society, risk society, global society etc., nu- merous novel opportunities and threats are articulated. There is still a commonal- ity that binds all different theories: it is encompassing changes or transformations, if you like to call it that way. Looks like never ever the change has been so rapid, ground-shaking, advancing or global. It fact, all these different theories actually try to grasp just one world, our life-world. Therefore, attempting to take into ac- count major changes that have formed society and its inhabitants in the digital age, this article aims to explore and analyse transformations in memory institu- tions that could also be meaningful for the users of the latter. It should be done with precaution though, as it is complicated to establish surely what “new ideas, values or processes are genuine turning points in social history” (Bell 8). In order to avoid confusion, some of...
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