Joyce Robbins's research while affiliated with Columbia University and other places

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Despite substantial work in a variety of disciplines, substantive areas, and geographical contexts, social memory studies is a nonparadigmatic, transdisciplinary, centerless enterprise. To remedy this relative disorganization, we (re-)construct out of the diversity of work addressing social memory a useful tradition, range of working definitions, a...

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... Concepts such as legacy, path dependency and institutional trajectories have formed the basis for a large part of sociological research in the last decades, reflecting the greater interest of the discipline in studying the role of the past in social dynamics than that of the future. Along these lines, Olick and Robbins (1998) interpret the growing interest in the sociology of memory in the 1980s as a consequence of the spread of postmodernist ideas in philosophy and, more generally, in the cultural background of the period. Postmodernism abandoned the modern linear orientation of history and the aim to build any grand narrative (Lyotard 1979). ...