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Paasi, A. (2020). Nation, territory, memory: making state-space meaningful. In David Storey (ed.) A Research Agenda for Territory and Territoriality (pp. 61–82). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Nation, territory, memory : making state-space meaningful

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Author: Paasi, Anssi1
Organizations: 1Geography, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-05-13


Geography has been a highly important academic subject in the making of ideas of territorially bounded homelands and nations. Its keywords such as territory/territoriality, place or landscape bring together material and affective dimensions, often in emotional narratives related to collective identity, historical experience and remembrance. Territory is both constitutive of and constituted by the spatialized memories, narratives and symbols of national identities. It is therefore critical in state- and nation-building. Memories and identity narratives do not rise in vacuo. Correspondingly, the significance and ideological uses of memory cannot be underestimated when reflecting the manufacturing of national state territories as homelands. This chapter focusses on the oft-neglected relation between territory and national memory. Homeland is a pool of historic memories, images, and accounts of national landscapes, heroes, past struggles and sacrifices recounted by intellectuals, artists, and politicians who usually play a critical role in crafting them. Territory is hence a dynamic, historically contingent manifestation of materiality, symbolism, emotions, memories and power.

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ISBN: 978-1-78811-281-9
ISBN Print: 978-1-78811-280-2
Pages: 61 - 82
DOI: 10.4337/9781788112819.00010
Host publication: A Research Agenda for Territory and Territoriality
Host publication editor: Storey, David
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 519 Social and economic geography
Copyright information: © 2020 David Storey. This is a draft chapter. The final version is available in A Research Agenda for Territory and Territoriality edited by David Storey, published in 2020, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.