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Communities of Memory: On Identity, Memory, and Debt
W. James Booth
The American Political Science Review
Vol. 93, No. 2 (Jun., 1999), pp. 249-263
Published by: American Political Science Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2585394
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I take up the question of political identity as the continuity of a community across time. In particular, I examine what it means to think of a political community as the subject of attribution across generations, that is, what is meant when it is made the bearer of responsibility for the past and a custodian of the future. In doing that, I focus on identity, memory, and responsibility and discuss that cluster of concepts using as an illustrative example the idea of constitutional patriotism and its relationship to the past.
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