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"Parallel Societies" of the Past? - Articulations of citizenship's commemorative dimension in Berlin's cityscape

  • Historical narratives play an important role in constructing contemporary notions of citizenship. They are sites on which ideas of the nation are not only reaffirmed but also contested and reframed. In contemporary Germany, dominant narratives of the country's modern history habitually focus on the legacy of the Third Reich and tend to marginalize the country's rich and highly complex histories of immigration. The article addresses this commemorative void in relation to Berlin's urban landscape. It explores how the city's multilayered architecture provides locations for the articulation of marginal memoriesand hence sites of urban citizenshipthat are often denied to immigrant communities on a national scale. Through a detailed examination of a small celebration in 1965 that marked the anniversary of the founding of the modern Turkish republic, the article engages with the layers of history that coalesce around such sites in Berlin.

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Author:Anja SchwarzORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Space and Culture
Publisher:Sage Publ.
Place of publication:Thousand Oaks
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2013
Year of Completion:2013
Release Date:2017/03/26
Tag:Berlin; commemorative acts of citizenship; migration; multidirectional memory
Page Number:13
First Page:261
Last Page:273
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik
Peer Review:Referiert