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Historical apologies as acts of symbolic inclusion – and exclusion?

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Department of Teacher Education en
dc.contributor.author Löfström, Jan
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-28T00:38:05Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-28T00:38:05Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Löfström , J 2011 , ' Historical apologies as acts of symbolic inclusion – and exclusion? : Reflections on institutional apologies as politics of cultural citizenship ' , Citizenship studies. , vol 15 , no. 1 , pp. 93-108 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1362-1025
dc.identifier.other PURE: 9824204
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/36256
dc.description.abstract Institutional apologies for historical injustices can be conceived as acts of symbolic inclusion directed to people whose collective experiences and memories of the past have not been recognized in the hegemonic narratives of the past. However, in this article it is argued that such apologies also have exclusionary potential as vehicles of symbolic politics of citizenship in that they may designate the apologizing community, so that it effectively excludes cultural ‘aliens’, like migrants, from the community of ‘remedial’ citizens. The article suggests a crucial point is the rhetoric shifts when one is appealing to both cultural and political solidarity, as when apologizing in the name of the state but simultaneously invoking ‘our’ nation and ‘our’ history. Thus, the increasing number of institutional historical apologies is not necessarily incompatible with the trend of reinforcing the symbolic boundaries around ‘our’ historical–cultural communities that has been visible recently, e.g. in the demands for cultural canons and citizenship tests in many Western societies. en
dc.format.extent 16
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher CARFAX,
dc.relation.ispartof Citizenship studies.
dc.subject 5141 Sociology en
dc.subject 5142 Social policy en
dc.subject claiming citizenship en
dc.subject claims making en
dc.subject obligations en
dc.subject migrants en
dc.subject identity en
dc.subject citizenship en
dc.title Historical apologies as acts of symbolic inclusion – and exclusion? en
dc.title Reflections on institutional apologies as politics of cultural citizenship en
dc.type A1 Refereed journal article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13621025.2011.534933
dc.type.dcmitype textfile
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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