Introducing Austere Histories
2016 (English)In: Austere Histories in European Societies: Social Exclusion and the Contest of Colonial Memories / [ed] Stefan Jonsson and Julia Willén, London: Routledge, 2016, 1Chapter in book (Refereed)
In this introductory chapter, we present the concept of ‘austere histories’ by situating it in the intersection of at least three contemporary issues, cultural contexts and academic discussions: first, discussions on Europe’s cultural memory and the precarious place of the colonial legacy in it; second, controversies on multiculturalism, racism, xenophobia and Europe’s migration crises; third and finally, the debate on austerity as policy and as ideology.
We analyse how austerity turns economic concerns into moral and cultural ones and how it simultaneously remodels historical consciousness and conceptions of Europe’s colonial past. Examining how such processes in turn changes the relationships between classes, ethnic minorities, majorities and migrants, we seek to reveal how this affects the very definition and self-image of contemporary European Societies. Furthermore, we explore to what extent and in which ways present-day historical debate and practises of history writing support and legitimize the idea of ‘austerity’ and its social and political consequences, in the areas of citizenship, migration and social exclusion.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2016, 1.
, Routledge Advances in Sociology
Historiography, austerity, European history, social exclusion, cultural memory, colonialism, postcolonial studies, European history, colonial history
History of Ideas International Migration and Ethnic Relations Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-127016ISBN: 978-11-3890-938-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-127016DiVA: diva2:918822