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Memory and place: geographies of a critical relationship

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In recent years, investigations of social or cultural memory have become a major field of inquiry throughout the humanities and social sciences. No longer the sole preserve of psychology, the study of memory now extends to anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, literary studies, communication, history and, increasingly, to geography. This article assesses some of the major trends in this burgeoning literature, especially those works spatial in nature, which we find to be of considerable cross-disciplinary importance. Together, memory and place conjoin to produce much of the context for modern identities; providing a modest overview of that critical, dynamic relationship, this article serves as an introduction to this special issue of Social & Cultural Geography.

Keywords: landscape; memory; performance; place

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Departments of American Studies and Geography, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712, USA 2: Department of Geography, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2004

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