What is it about?

Communist memory is an important aspect when talking about post-socialist retroactive justice. We have shown that place attachment is a core issue for the displaced people of the Iron Gates hydropower station. We have used a narrative approach to understand how the memory of materially gone places is embedded in the stories of next generations, including the post-socialist generation. How the post-socialist memory is formed/shaped is crucial in understanding the spatial politics of interenerational memory of the Iron Gates displacements.

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Why is it important?

The shaping of memories for the post-socialist generation is the foundation of people’s difficulty in adapting to a market economy and the capitalist state. However, while the home becomes a locus for memory transmission between generations, post-memories are 'summarised' through certain key traumatic events.


The implications of the creation of these memories are significant for understanding post-socialist memory formation because post-socialist remembrance of communism is bottom-up, rooted in local events and grounded in place.

Dr Remus Cretan
west university of Timisoara

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This page is a summary of: Place and the spatial politics of intergenerational remembrance of the Iron Gates displacements in Romania, 1966-1972, Area, September 2017, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/area.12387.
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