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Erosion of the collective memory on the example of Palestinian refugees in the West Bank

Asad Taffal

Abstract

The study focuses on the analysis of the collective memory phenomenon on the example of Palestinian refugees living in refugee camps located in the West Bank in order to: (1) present erosion of the Palestinian collective memory; (2) define the content of collective memory of the different generations of Palestinians; (3) characterize frameworks and channels through which this memory is transferred across generations in order to revive it and protect against forgetfulness. According to the study’s hypothesis, the process of transferring the collective memory across the three generations of Fathers, Sons and Grandsons living in the West Bank refugee camps has not been successful, and the stock of the collective memory (stories, tales, implications and knowledge) that is related to life in the village and the experience of expulsion and removal of people in 1948 has also been subject to decay and erosion. As the age of the refugee decreased the scale of deterioration and erosion in this stock increased. This deterioration and erosion were at their highest among the Grandsons generation. It has been proved that the transfer process of the collective memory from the First Generation (The NAKBA Generation) to their Sons and Grandsons has achieved success in the economic life and social life while suffering from unsuccessful attempts in the exodus and displacement memory, village’s families, the village wedding ceremony’s memory, the popular holidays and celebrations, and the holy places (Maqamat) that are located in the village. Therefore, it cannot be overlooked or underestimated because the process of erosion will impact the generations’ stock of collective memory, particularly the Sons and Grandsons, and the coming generations. As to the perspectives presented in the thesis, it has been stated that Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, supported by the Palestinian authorities and non-governmental organizations, as well as by the education system and media will start fixing the memory in order to limit the erosion of memory stock.
Record ID
UAMd294fad1431c4edab922aeaf7229bb4b
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Asad Taffal Asad Taffal,, Undefined Affiliation
Title in Polish
Erozja pamięci zbiorowej na przykładzie palestyńskich uchodźców na Zachodnim Brzegu Jordanu
Title in English
Erosion of the collective memory on the example of Palestinian refugees in the West Bank
Language
(en) English
Certifying Unit
Faculty of Political Science and Journalism (SNs/WNPiD/FoPSaJ)
Discipline
political science / (social studies) / (social studies)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
5.5 political science and public administration
Status
Finished
Defense Date
01-12-2016
Title date
01-12-2016
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/15966 Opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
collective memory, Palestinian refugees, West Bank
Abstract in English
The study focuses on the analysis of the collective memory phenomenon on the example of Palestinian refugees living in refugee camps located in the West Bank in order to: (1) present erosion of the Palestinian collective memory; (2) define the content of collective memory of the different generations of Palestinians; (3) characterize frameworks and channels through which this memory is transferred across generations in order to revive it and protect against forgetfulness. According to the study’s hypothesis, the process of transferring the collective memory across the three generations of Fathers, Sons and Grandsons living in the West Bank refugee camps has not been successful, and the stock of the collective memory (stories, tales, implications and knowledge) that is related to life in the village and the experience of expulsion and removal of people in 1948 has also been subject to decay and erosion. As the age of the refugee decreased the scale of deterioration and erosion in this stock increased. This deterioration and erosion were at their highest among the Grandsons generation. It has been proved that the transfer process of the collective memory from the First Generation (The NAKBA Generation) to their Sons and Grandsons has achieved success in the economic life and social life while suffering from unsuccessful attempts in the exodus and displacement memory, village’s families, the village wedding ceremony’s memory, the popular holidays and celebrations, and the holy places (Maqamat) that are located in the village. Therefore, it cannot be overlooked or underestimated because the process of erosion will impact the generations’ stock of collective memory, particularly the Sons and Grandsons, and the coming generations. As to the perspectives presented in the thesis, it has been stated that Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, supported by the Palestinian authorities and non-governmental organizations, as well as by the education system and media will start fixing the memory in order to limit the erosion of memory stock.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAMd294fad1431c4edab922aeaf7229bb4b/
URN
urn:amu-prod:UAMd294fad1431c4edab922aeaf7229bb4b

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