À quoi servent les politiques de mémoire ?

À quoi servent les politiques de mémoire ?

The future of memory policies

Forgetting the past means being condemned to repeat it. Since the end of the 1990s, this idea has inspired the massive development of memory policies throughout the world. Memorial museums, monuments, civic education and institutions have all been given the task of writing history, honouring victims, speaking about good and evil, and enabling citizens and political leaders to build peaceful societies.

Yet these policies have not reached their objectives. They have not been able to hold back the rising tide of populism nor prevent the outbreak of political violence. To understand the reasons for this failure and shed light on the public debate, the authors return to the sources of these memory policies and, without political bias or taking sides, ask – where do these policies come from? What do they really do? How can we make them work effectively?

Sarah Gensburger

Sociologists and political scientist at the CNRS, Sarah Gensburger specialises in the study of the relationships between memory and politics in Western democracies and in countries that have recently emerged from political conflict. Among her publications is: Mémoire vive. Chroniques d'un quartier. Bataclan 2015-2016 (Anamosa, 2017).

Les Justes de France
Politiques publiques de la mémoire
The Righteous of France
The public politics of memory
Sarah Gensburger
The term "Righteous of France" makes reference to "Righteous Among the Nations" created by the Hebrew State. The expression has been reclaimed by French public powers. The author confrontes several of questions posed by contemporary debates on memory.

La résistance aux génocides
De la pluralité des actes de sauvetage
Resistance to Genocide
The Multiplicity of Salvation Efforts in the Face of the Extermination of Armenians, Jews, and Tutsis.
Jacques Sémelin, Claire Andrieu, Sarah Gensburger


L'Instrumentation de l'action publique
Controverses, résistance, effets
The Instrumentation of Public Action
Controversy, Reluctance and Repercussions
Charlotte Halpern, Pierre Lascoumes, Patrick Le Galès
How is collective action organised? How do collective actors work together? This rich dialogue highlights many fruitful reflections on instrumentation, helping to rethink social science and collective action today.

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La dictature de Salazar face à l'émigration
L'État portugais et ses migrants en France (1957-1974)
The Salazar Dictatorship Faced with Migration
Victor Pereira


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