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Pihlainen, Kalle (2021) ”History Culture” and the Continuing Crisis of History. Faravid 52, 17-35.

”History Culture” and the continuing crisis of history

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Author: Pihlainen, Kalle1
Organizations: 1Oulun yliopisto
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Pohjois-Suomen historiallinen yhdistys, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-02-07


The article takes aim at a core difficulty with many current conceptualizations of “historical” culture — that of striking a balance between the common attribution of special privilege to the discipline of history and professional historians and a potential, emerging democratization of talk about the past. Seeking some working middle ground is seen as particularly timely given the contemporary media culture environment where sentiment appears to increasingly favour choosing one’s positioning relatively freely from facts and expertise. To this end, views presented under the umbrella term of historical culture, which largely appear to reserve a curatorial role for the various history professionals, are complemented by more explicitly emancipatory orientations from debates on perceived shifts in public focus to heritage and memory as well as from key postmodern-inspired approaches to thinking about the past. Several terminological recommendations are argued for, chief among them a reconceptualization of the overall field in terms of history culture, whereby professional history and popular and public “parahistory” practices might more readily be viewed as on equal footing.

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Series: Faravid. Historian ja arkeologian tutkimuksen aikakauskirja
ISSN: 0356-5629
ISSN-L: 0356-5629
Volume: 52
Pages: 17 - 35
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 616 Other humanities
611 Philosophy
615 History and archaeology
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