And Now What, After Such Tribulations?: Memory and Dislocation in the Era of Uprooting

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Abstract

This article explores some of the often overlooked, traumatic psychological consequences that follow from major social and political disruption and upheaval. Specifically, it examines the importance of maintaining memory and legacy in the face of widespread uprootedness and dislocation of the sort that can undermine and even obliterate personal, social, and collective identities. The role that authentic social frameworks for memory play in preserving psychological rootedness and that accurate historical narratives play in resistance and regrouping is explored. Finally, the importance of creating a new psychology that is fully grounded in history and culture is emphasized.

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