Remembering the Present: Oregon's Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial

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Title: Remembering the Present: Oregon's Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial
Author: Isaak, Marissa Tamar, 1980-
Abstract: On Veterans Day 2006, Oregon's governor dedicated the newest addition to the capitol grounds, a memorial fountain commemorating the soldiers killed in the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: The Afghan-Iraqi Freedom Memorial. The political contestations surrounding the memorial demonstrate how ideologies become inscribed onto landscapes. After conducting a qualitative analysis including interviewing participants and detractors of the monument, observing the site on multiple occasions, and examining its media coverage, I conclude that the memorial stakes a claim to the meaning of this controversial war long before the fighting is over, it reproduces geopolitical imaginaries promoted by the Bush Administration, and it reconfigures trends in the representation of soldiers. By taking a multi-scalar approach to this research, I am able to combine geopolitical, State-level, and embodied approaches to memorial research. This project furthers the geography literature by exposing the multiple meanings contained in one local commemorative site.
Description: xi, 133 p. : ill. (some col.) A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries. Search the library catalog for the location and call number.
Date: 2010-06

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