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Coming to terms with communist propaganda: post-communism, memory and generation

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posted on 21.09.2016, 12:53 authored by Sylwia Szostak, Sabina MiheljSabina Mihelj
This article has two main aims. First, it seeks to contribute to existing research on the mediation of post-communist memory by considering the Polish case and specifically by focusing on audience memories of an iconic television series produced in communist Poland, Four Tankmen and a Dog (TVP, 1966-1970), set during World War Two. Second, the article pays particular attention to the generational stratification of audience memories, and thereby makes a contribution to recent literature that examines the links between generation and mediated remembering. The analysis draws on life-course interviews with viewers of two different generations, conducted in Poland in 2014. The results indicate that the ways in which Polish audiences remember communist-era programming, and specifically the extent to which they perceive such programming as propaganda, vary significantly with generation. We argue that these differences stem from generationally-specific experiences in the past, which gave rise to distinct modes of engaging with the communist era and its heritage.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

European Journal of Cultural Studies

Volume

20

Issue

3

Citation

SZOSTAK, S. and MIHELJ, S., 2016. Coming to terms with communist propaganda: post-communism, memory and generation. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 20 (3), pp. 324-340.

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

29/08/2016

Publication date

2016

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal European Journal of Cultural Studies and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549416682247

ISSN

1460-3551

Language

en