Yitzhak Rabin's assassination and the dilemmas of commemoration

Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi*

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Examines how Israeli society has commemorated Yitzhak Rabin. How does a society cope with the challenge of acknowledging and commemorating difficult aspects of its past? In Yitzhak Rabin's Assassination and the Dilemmas of Commemoration, Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi develops a timely sociology of commemoration, drawing on the public memory of Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated at the end of a peace rally in Tel Aviv in 1995. She identifies and analyzes the building blocks from which commemoration is made: agency, space, time, and narrative. Acting as a guide, she leads the reader through monuments and gravestones, memorial services and political demonstrations, rituals both moving and banal, and individuals determined to remember, as well as those who wish to forget. Yitzhak Rabin's Assassination and the Dilemmas of Commemoration examines the meanings, boundaries, opportunities, and limits of commemoration, a phenomenon not unique to Israel but shared by many nations across the globe.

Original languageAmerican English
Place of PublicationAlbany
PublisherState University of New York Press
Number of pages213
ISBN (Electronic)1438428316, 1438428391, 1441632115, 5238428324, 9781438428314, 9781441632111, 9785238428321
ISBN (Print)1438428316, 9781438428314
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameSUNY series, anthropology and Judaic studies
PublisherSUNY Press


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