Remembering the Falklands War

Media, Memory and Identity

  • Sarah Maltby

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sarah Maltby
    Pages 1-18
  3. Sarah Maltby
    Pages 19-45
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 167-172

About this book


‘This book provides original insights into the intersections of war, the military, subjectivity and identity in relation to memory, that reveal a much deeper understanding of the complex processes of remembering.’
– Anna Reading, Kings College, University of London, UK

‘Sarah Maltby, in this strikingly original study, brings a rare immediacy to how the media performs and the uses to which it is put in the crafting of national meaning and memory.’
– James Aulich, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

'Maltby contributes an innovative, multi-faceted and thoughtful memory framework to a highly mediated war (its representation and commemoration) without losing sight of the memories of ‘the person’ as an important inheritor of mediated memories.’
– Joanne Garde Hansen, University of Warwick, UK

‘Sarah Maltby’s insightful analysis adds an important dimension to our collective understanding of a conflict whose profound political and cultural significance comes more and more into focus as the events themselves fade into the historical distance.’
– Kevin Foster, Monash University, Australia

‘Sarah Maltby provides a sophisticated discussion of the questions of power, agency and identity that arise from convergent and divergent forms of collective memory.’
– Michael Pickering, Loughborough University, UK

‘This book provides a fascinating insight into how collective and institutional identities are imagined and contested, performed and disrupted in practices of remembering.’
– Phil Hammond, London South Bank University, UK

This book offers an empirically informed understanding of how identity and agency become wholly embedded within practices of media-remembering. It draws upon data collected from the the British military, the BBC and Falkland Islanders during the 30th Anniversary of the Falklands war to uniquely offer multiple perspectives on a single ‘remembering’ phenomenon. The study offers an analysis of the convergence, interconnectedness and interdependence of media and remembering, specifically the production, interpretation and negotiation of remembering in the media ecology. In so doing it not only examines the role of media in the formation and sustaining of collective memory but also the ways those who are remembered or remember in media texts become implicated in these processes. 

Sarah Maltby is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at Sussex University, UK. 


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Authors and affiliations

  • Sarah Maltby
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Media and FilmUniversity of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-55659-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-55660-8
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