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After a brief introduction that sets the contemporary scene of “archive fever,” this book considers the political legacy of 1960s counterculture for what it reveals about the process of commemoration. How far can the archive serve as a platform for dialogue and debate between different generations of activists in a culture that fetishizes the evanescent present, practices a profound amnesia about its counterfactual past, and forecloses the sociological imagination of an alternative future? Can the Left establish its own autonomous model of commemoration?

Author: Phil Cohen
Publisher: PM Press
Page Count: 160pp
Size: 6 x 9
Notes: paperback
Date of Publication: June 1, 2018
ISBN: 978-1629635064