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Discursive Processes of Intergenerational Transmission of Recent History

(Re)making Our Past


About this book


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.


Intergenerational transmission recent history intertextuality recontextualization Uruguayan dictatorship resemiotization discourse analysis discursive processes social memory youth learning history time

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Carnegie Mellon UniversityUSA

About the authors

Mariana Achugar is a Guggenheim Fellow. She works as Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA. Her research explores cultural reproduction and change from a critical discourse analysis perspective. Among her publications is What we remember: the construction of memory in military discourse (2008).

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“Postgraduate students and academics working m the areas of Critical Discourse Studies, Memory Studies and Latin American Studies can benefit greatly from this book. It is coherently organized and approaches the issue of remembering from a diverse methodological and theoretical background, having at its core the relation between language as a semiotic System m its social and historical context and the construction of our individual and social memory and identities.” (Carolina Perez, Journal of Language and Politics, Vol. 17 (05), 2018)