Collective Memory and Collective Actions in Revolutionary Interior (the Case of the ‘Post- Maidan’ Ukraine)


  • Александр Хижняк
Keywords: collective memory, collective action, collective identity and social dialogue


[In Russian]

The article deals with factors of updating the collective memory of a crisis society. It is shown that in the modern Ukrainian society faults in the collective memory become a marker of the divided country and provoke social conflicts. The author’s concept is based on the need to engage the concept of collective action in understanding of the problems of the collective memory. Firstly, the collective memory is an emotionally significant integrator at the level of region and country (for example, minorities, immigrants, etc.), if there is an availability of integrating common values and evaluations (for example, historical events and current challenges). Secondly, the collective memory is formed, transmitted and reproduced through a wide repertoire of collective social actions, both traditional (meetings, holidays, etc.) and generated by modern information and communication technologies. Thirdly, collective actions, based on the collective memory have both consolidated and divisive influence. Thus, different cultures, representatives of socially heterogeneous groups (resources, etc.) are involved in the collective volunteering during the military conflict in the east of Ukraine. At the same time, volunteering in the area of anti-terrorist operations in Eastern Ukraine has consolidated Ukrainian society and has become an embodiment of the integrative function of intercultural collective memory. At the same time, the collective actions resulting in the destruction of the monuments and other Soviet symbols, have led to the faults of the collective consciousness and have become a conflict factor. In order to overcome conflicts of collective memory a new type of social dialogue is needed.


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Хижняк, А. (2015). Collective Memory and Collective Actions in Revolutionary Interior (the Case of the ‘Post- Maidan’ Ukraine). Topos, (1), 23-38. Retrieved from
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