Representing Communism After the Fall

Discourse, Memory, and Historical Redress

  • Cristian Tileagă

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Discursive Psychology book series (PSDP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Cristian Tileagă
    Pages 23-46
  3. Cristian Tileagă
    Pages 73-102
  4. Cristian Tileagă
    Pages 103-124
  5. Cristian Tileagă
    Pages 125-153
  6. Cristian Tileagă
    Pages 155-178
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-262

About this book


This book explores the contribution of discursive psychology and discourse analysis to researching the relationship between history and collective memory. Analysing significant manifestations of the moral vocabulary of the Romanian transition from communism to democracy, the author demonstrates how discursive psychology can be used to understand some of the enduring and persistent dilemmas around the legacy of communism. This book argues that the understanding of language according to discursive psychology – as an action-oriented, world-building resource – can fill an important gap in the theorizing of public controversies over individual and collective meaning of the recent (communist) past. Tileagă maintains that discursive social psychology can serve as an intellectual and empirical bridge that can overcome several of the difficulties faced by researchers working in transitional justice studies and cognate fields. Examining eastern European communism in general and Romanian communism in particular, this reflective book will appeal to students and scholars of transitional justice, discursive psychology and memory.
Cristian Tileagă is Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology at the School of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. His research interests include discursive psychology, prejudice, political discourse and interdisciplinarity, and he has published widely on these topics.


remembering morality democracy discursive psychology discourse analysis collective memory communism Romanian political history legacy of communism social psychology transitional justice studies memory studies sociology of change prejudice and social exclusion interdisciplinary research cultural memory moral vocabulary

Authors and affiliations

  • Cristian Tileagă
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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