9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS07 Memory, Culture and Public Discourse

2009-09-05 15:30:00 2009-09-05 17:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 15:30 - 17:00 Collective Memory and the Epochal Change Building I, 1E7

The Construction of Memory. History and culture in Italy, among personal, institutional and media memory (1948-1960)

Since the second half of the 20th century, the approach to memory was the one of keeping it alive, bringing dramatic events of mankind history into the light, translating in-human facts into updated meanings, with the aim to avoid making the same mistakes of past. Today, the study of memory is inclined to track directions more articulated and differentiated.
The crucial role played by communication in our time, as social actor?s strategic resource and elective habitus, represents surely a propulsive factor of a process making the dialectic of Memory and Oblivion one of the most important challenges of the collective self and social identity constitution process.
In this regard, the specific empirical research being conducted in Italy is based on a "public" and dynamic conception of memory, divided into three dimensions - personal, institutional and media - contributing to define the comprehensive frame of individual and national identity, also in the light of coming of television on 1954. The research focuses on the period 1948-1960, and it is realized by integrating autobiographical descriptions (in-depth interviews and focus group - 60/80 people), media narration (analysis of cultural outdoor and indoor goods) and "official" historical contents (consultation of political parties, cultural associations and labour unions archives), aiming to survey the extent of cultural consumption in individual daily life and to detect the main characteristics of Italian modernization process, during a significant time interval being related to the beginning of the Italian economic boom.