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Survivor Memorials: Remembering Trauma and Loss in Contemporary Australia

Survivor Memorials: Remembering Trauma and Loss in Contemporary Australia (Paperback)

By Atkinson-Phillips, Alison

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This is a book about memorials - specifically about a new type of memorial that commemorates experiences of survivors. These new memorials acknowledge loss and trauma that people have lived through, rather than died because of. It is also a book about why people feel the need to ...remember such difficult experiences. As such, it combines a topic that has strong scholarly interest with human stories of pain and resilience from Australia's recent history. The first half of the book outlines the emergence of this new genre of commemoration in three stages: early explorations through community and public art projects in the 1980s and 90s; the adoption of traditional memorial forms from the late 1990s; and the creation of government-funded and commissioned memorials as part of the adoption of transitional justice practices of symbolic reparations since the mid 2000s. Alongside international interest in the field of memory studies, there is local interest in the stories behind these memorial projects. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has already been the catalyst for a number of new memorial projects, and has produced clashes between survivors and church groups about the best ways to acknowledge their suffering. This book, therefore, is timely, as it offers an opportunity for people to learn from past experiences. The book includes six case study chapters, each of which tell the story of the development of a different Australian memorial. The background to each of these projects is a heart-breaking story of loss and trauma, but many of the stories of the memorial development are stories of resilience, and of unlikely friendships and connections.
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ISBN 9781760800260
Published AU 1 Mar 2019
Publisher UWA Publishing
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781760800260
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 15-20 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher UWA Publishing
Imprint UWA Publishing
Published 1 Mar 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Atkinson-Phillips, Alison
Category Memorials, Monuments
Museums & Museology
Australasian & Pacific History
Number of Pages 270
Dimensions Width: 156mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 994
Weight 500g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Memorials - Australia
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly