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Political accountability, public constitution of recent past and the collective memory of socio-political events: a discursive analysis

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posted on 08.02.2013 by Cristian Tileaga
This paper presents a discursive analysis of a political news interview as a site for the interactional organization of the public constitution of recent past. In a context of commemoration and finding out the truth about the past, the focus is on how the collective memory of socio-political events and political accountability is managed and what discursive practices representatives of nation-states draw upon to understand and construct ideological representations of socio-political events, namely the Romanian ‘revolution’ of 1989. The analysis shows how the possibility versus the actuality of knowing the truth about the events, (political) accountability and stake for actions are discussed, framed and given significance by constituting the ‘events’ of 1989 as ‘revolution’. The analysis further reveals how this ascribed categorial meaning is used by the interviewee as background for delegitimizing critical voices and sidestepping responsibility for past actions and knowing the truth. Social and community psychologists can learn more about how individuals and communities construct ideological versions of socio-political events by considering the interplay between questions of political accountability and arguments over the meaning of political categories, and engaging with the accounting practices in which the meaning of socio-political events is being negotiated by members of society

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Citation

TILEAGA, C., 2010. Political accountability, public constitution of recent past and the collective memory of socio-political events: a discursive analysis. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 20 (5), pp. 363 - 376

Publisher

© John Wiley and Sons

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2010

Notes

This article is closed access, it was published in the serial Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology [© John Wiley and Sons]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/casp.1043

ISSN

1052-9284

Language

en

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