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Exhibiting Atrocity: Memorial Museums and the Politics of Past Violence (Hardback)
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Exhibiting Atrocity: Memorial Museums and the Politics of Past Violence (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 30/01/2018
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Today, nearly any group or nation with violence in its past has constructed or is planning a memorial museum as a mechanism for confronting past trauma, often together with truth commissions, trials, and/or other symbolic or material reparations. Exhibiting Atrocity documents the emergence of the memorial museum as a new cultural form of commemoration, and analyzes its use in efforts to come to terms with past political violence and to promote democracy and human rights.

Through a global comparative approach, Amy Sodaro uses in-depth case studies of five exemplary memorial museums that commemorate a range of violent pasts and allow for a chronological and global examination of the trend: the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC; the House of Terror in Budapest; the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda; the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile; and the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York. Together, these case studies illustrate the historical emergence and global spread of the memorial museum and show how this new cultural form of commemoration is intended to be used in contemporary societies around the world.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813592145
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Exhibiting Atrocity is an ambitious, significant study providing in-depth case studies of five memorial museums and how they attempt to narrate 'difficult history' and navigate the politics of memory. Accessible and wide-ranging, this interdisciplinary volume is an important, timely resource for students as well as specialists."--Joyce Apsel "author of Introducing Peace Museums "
"An original and unique study...Exhibiting Atrocity: Memorial Museums and the Politics of Past Violence is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to both community and academic library Human Rights and Cultural History collections [and] Museum Studies supplemental reading lists."
--Midwest Book Review

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