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This front matter section of the book titled Landscape of Memory contains the table of contents, list of photographs, acknowledgments and a list of abbreviations and acronyms. The emergent new landscape of memory relies heavily on commemorative monuments, memorials and statues aimed at reconciliation, nation-building and the creation of a shared public history. The book describes the flourishing monument phenomenon in South Africa, the political discourses that fuel it; its impact on identity formation, its potential benefits, and most importantly its ambivalences and contradictions.

Keywords: nation-building; political discourses



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