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Title: War, (its) memory & the ethnical environment : a critical examination of the Battle of Britain Monument
Author: Harris, Kevin Lee
ISNI:       0000 0004 2678 9388
Awarding Body: University of Kent
Current Institution: University of Kent
Date of Award: 2009
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This is an exploratory research project which is both empirical and interpretive in nature and which in research analysis and conduct takes a critical viewing of the normative relationship between war, its public memory and the ethical environment of late modernity. Here, the culture and situated discourse of warfare, including its public signifier in war memory phenomena, are understood as produced and consumed within social life. The preamble establishes the link between war, memory and the ethical environment. Part 1 describes the discourse of 'Risk Transfer Warfare' and illuminates how this culture of war is produced and consumed within social life and thus rests upon an elaborate ideological construction maintained in culture and through education in a system of language, law, symbols and values. Part 2 presents a 'past war thesis' of 'nostalgia militarism', which illuminates how the collective memory signifier of warfare is produced and consumed within commemorative culture. Part 3 locates this research in a situated and grounded context before describing the case study and its methodology. Part 4 uses various forms of analysis or interpretation to re-think the implications of this 'institutional presence' of war memory: The conclusions are presented in the form of questions as sociological indicators.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: D History (General) ; H Social Sciences