Terrorism in the new memory ecology: mediating and remembering the 2005 London Bombings

Brown, S. and Hoskins, A. (2010) Terrorism in the new memory ecology: mediating and remembering the 2005 London Bombings. Behavioural Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 2(2), pp. 87-107. (doi:10.1080/19434471003597399)

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Abstract

In an era marked by the apparent saturation of terror and the ubiquitous mediation of all-things-past, the value of and the prospects for the remembering of terrorist attacks appear caught up in the velocity of the immediate circulation of media data and in the cyclical iterations of news images. Rather than these processes affecting a reduction or obliteration of memory, we discern how an interplay of individual and cultural frameworks is used for making sense of violent events in this environment through preliminary analysis of empirical work exploring the mediation and the commemoration of the 2005 London Bombings. We achieve this through cross-fertilizing psychological and media and cultural studies approaches via the concept of 'schema' to show how remembering is dynamically configured through socio-cultural practices and shifting media logics. In this way, we advocate a holistic approach to a 'new memory ecology', drawing upon the emergent field of 'memory studies'

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hoskins, Professor Andrew
Authors: Brown, S., and Hoskins, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Behavioural Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression
Publisher:Routledge
ISSN:1943-4472
ISSN (Online):1943-4480

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