Achugar: Discursive Processes of Intergenerational Transmission of Recent History. (Re)making Our Past

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Achugar 2016Achugar, M.: Discursive Processes of Intergenerational Transmission of Recent History. (Re)making Our Past, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Debates about how to remember politically contested or painful pasts exist throughout the world. As with the case of the Holocaust in Europe and Apartheid in South Africa, South American countries are struggling with the legacy of state terrorism left by the 1970s dictatorships. Coming to terms with the past entails understanding the role different social actors played in those events as well as what those event mean for us today. Young people in these situations have to learn about painful historical events over which there is no national consensus.

This book explores discursive processes of intergenerational transmission of recent history through the case of the Uruguayan dictatorship. The main themes of the book are the discursive construction of social memory and intergenerational transmission of contested pasts through recontextualization, resemiotization and intertextuality.

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Briziarelli & Martínez Guillem: Reviving Gramsci. Crisis, Communication, and Change

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RevivingGramsciBriziarelli, M. & Martínez Guillem, S.: Reviving Gramsci. Crisis, Communication, and Change, Routledge, 2016.

Engaging debates within cultural studies, media and communication studies, and critical theory, this book addresses whether Gramscian thought continues to be relevant for social and cultural analysis, in particular when examining times of crisis and social change. The book is motivated by two intertwined but distinct purposes: first, to show the privileged and fruitful link between a "Gramscian Theory of Communication" and a "Communicative Theory of Gramsci;" second, to explore the ways in which such a Gramscian perspective can help us interpret and explain different forms of political activism in the twenty-first century, such as "Occupy" in the US, "Indignados" in Spain, or "Movimento Cinque Stelle" in Italy.

Table of Contents

1. Gramsci in/for Critical Times
2. Selective Gramsci(s)
3. Gramsci and Communication: Dialectics and Translation
4. Occupy Wall Street: The Limits of War of Position
5. Movimento Cinque Stelle: Dialectics of Passive Revolution
6. From Indignados to Podemos: Sublating Vernacular Rhetoric into National Popular Rhetoric
7. A Dialectical Image

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García Agustín & Bak Jørgensen (eds.): Solidarity without Borders. Gramscian Perspectives on Migration and Civil Society

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Solidarity BordersÓ. García Agustín and M. Bak Jørgensen (Eds.): Solidarity without Borders. Gramscian Perspectives on Migration and Civil Society Solidarity without Borders, The University of Chicago Press.

Solidarity without Borders examines the politics of migration at the ground-level, considering migrants not as an issue to be solved but as individual political agents, exploring the possibilities raised by alliances between migrants and trade unions, worker organizations, and other constituencies. Applying Gramsci’s theories of modern resistance and taking up the Gezi Park Protests in Turkey, social movements in Ireland, and the Lampedusan Libyan migrant group as case studies, Solidarity without Borders demonstrates how new solidarity relations are shaped and how these may construct a new common ground for developing political alternatives.

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