Cosmopolitan memory and national memory conflicts: on the dynamics of their interaction

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Levy and Sznaider’s positing of a global cosmopolitan memory has negated the reductionism inherent in classifying national memory cultures as homogeneous, globalized phenomena by redefining the interaction between the two as a coalescence of the two elements rather than a superimposition of the global on the national with the attendant eradication of the latter. A survey of countries that have adopted the edicts of cosmopolitan memory, however, indicates that this coalescence can take the form of either a strained dialectic or a relatively easy symbiosis. By examining primarily the interaction between cosmopolitan memory and national memory conflicts in Ireland and Austria, this article aims to ascertain the constituent elements of the national memory conflict which serve to increase or diminish the strength of the influence of global cosmopolitan memory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-514
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Sociology
Issue number4
Early online date28 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


  • Collective Memory
  • Cosmopolitan Memory
  • Global Memory


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