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Evoking Polish Memory

State, Self and the Communist Past in Transition

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Anna Witeska-Mlynarczyk

The book offers an interdisciplinary but very grounded look at the question of memory politics in contemporary Poland. It describes the conflicting ways in which two groups of people – the former anti-communist activists and the former officers of the repressive regime – have actively engaged in representations and claims about the communist past in the contemporary reality of one Polish town. The material is based on ethnographic fieldwork conducted during the years 2006-2008. The author focuses on the processes of reconstruction of memories and subjectivities taking place at the intersection of individuals, civic society, state bureaucracy and politics. The book focuses on the beliefs, hopes and fears of people who became the subjects of historical policy during their lifetimes.
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Chapter Five The Space of Ambiguity: between the collectively enacted frames and the experience of the self in time

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Chapter Five

The Space of Ambiguity: between the collectively enacted frames and the experience of the self in time

This everyday life was arranged […] then it was restored […] perhaps just because of an amateur artistic impulse that the facts of life should be nicely arranged – it sprang up in the gaps, in the mistakes, in the method itself, touchingly authentic and alive.

From The Museum of Unconditional Surrender by Dubravka Ugrešić

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