Guardians of memory: Mobilizations and conflicts of appropriation surrounding post-terrorist attack memorials in Madrid, London, and Paris

By Gérôme Truc, Maëlle Bazin, John Angell

English

Based on three ethnographic settings in Paris, Madrid, and London, this article analyzes conflicts of appropriation surrounding post-terrorist attack memorials. These conflicts reveal tensions between the public memorialization of terrorist attacks and more personal relationships to such events. From these tensions a specific category of actors emerges: “guardians of memory” who feel that it is their duty to intervene at these sites in order to preserve victims’ memories.

Keywords

  • guardians of memory
  • grassroots memorials
  • post-terrorist attack memorials
  • public spaces
  • terrorism
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