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Cultural Amnesia, Cultural Nostalgia and False Memory: Africa's Identity Crisis Revisited.

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  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Africa
      collective memory
      colonization
      historical invention
      nation-building
      national identity
      national memory
    • Abstract:
      The point of departure of this article is Ernest Renan's observation that the secret of nation-building is to get one's history wrong. We critically analyze -- in the broader and historical context of the encounters between Africans and Europeans -- the role of collective memory in its four functions of preservation, selection, elimination and invention. We focus on the first function to examine in depth how positive preservation of memory can become a form of nostalgia and how negative selection by memory can lead to elimination and amnesia. We argue that both nostalgia and amnesia can be forms of "getting one's history wrong" in order to get one's national identity right. We also attempt to show how historical invention can be consolidated into a false memory -- placing something in the past which was never there before. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
    • Abstract:
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University, SUNY
    • ISSN:
      1569-2094
    • Accession Number:
      10.1163/15692108-12341249
    • Accession Number:
      87979460
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      MAZRUI, A. A. Cultural Amnesia, Cultural Nostalgia and False Memory: Africa’s Identity Crisis Revisited. African & Asian Studies, [s. l.], v. 12, n. 1/2, p. 13–29, 2013. DOI 10.1163/15692108-12341249. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=87979460&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 5 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Mazrui AA. Cultural Amnesia, Cultural Nostalgia and False Memory: Africa’s Identity Crisis Revisited. African & Asian Studies. 2013;12(1/2):13-29. doi:10.1163/15692108-12341249.
    • AMA11:
      Mazrui AA. Cultural Amnesia, Cultural Nostalgia and False Memory: Africa’s Identity Crisis Revisited. African & Asian Studies. 2013;12(1/2):13-29. doi:10.1163/15692108-12341249
    • APA:
      Mazrui, A. A. (2013). Cultural Amnesia, Cultural Nostalgia and False Memory: Africa’s Identity Crisis Revisited. African & Asian Studies, 12(1/2), 13–29. https://doi.org/10.1163/15692108-12341249
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Mazrui, Ali A. 2013. “Cultural Amnesia, Cultural Nostalgia and False Memory: Africa’s Identity Crisis Revisited.” African & Asian Studies 12 (1/2): 13–29. doi:10.1163/15692108-12341249.
    • Harvard:
      Mazrui, A. A. (2013) ‘Cultural Amnesia, Cultural Nostalgia and False Memory: Africa’s Identity Crisis Revisited’, African & Asian Studies, 12(1/2), pp. 13–29. doi: 10.1163/15692108-12341249.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Mazrui, AA 2013, ‘Cultural Amnesia, Cultural Nostalgia and False Memory: Africa’s Identity Crisis Revisited’, African & Asian Studies, vol. 12, no. 1/2, pp. 13–29, viewed 5 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Mazrui, Ali A. “Cultural Amnesia, Cultural Nostalgia and False Memory: Africa’s Identity Crisis Revisited.” African & Asian Studies, vol. 12, no. 1/2, Jan. 2013, pp. 13–29. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1163/15692108-12341249.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Mazrui, Ali A. “Cultural Amnesia, Cultural Nostalgia and False Memory: Africa’s Identity Crisis Revisited.” African & Asian Studies 12, no. 1/2 (January 2013): 13–29. doi:10.1163/15692108-12341249.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Mazrui AA. Cultural Amnesia, Cultural Nostalgia and False Memory: Africa’s Identity Crisis Revisited. African & Asian Studies [Internet]. 2013 Jan [cited 2020 Jul 5];12(1/2):13–29. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=asn&AN=87979460&custid=s8280428