'We need to remember they died for us': How young people in New Zealand make meaning of war remembrance and commemoration of the First World War

Mark Sheehan, Martyn Davison
2017 London Review of Education  
ThisarticleexaminestheextenttowhichyoungpeopleinNewZealandsharethedominant beliefsandassumptionsthatinformcontemporarynotionsofwarremembranceconcerning the First World War. In particular, it considers how they make meaning of the ANZAC/ Gallipoli narrative. Informed by two empirical studies, it questions whether young people uncriticallyacceptthedominantculturalmemorymessagesabouttheFirstWorldWarthat shape commemorative activities or whether they share a wider range of perspectives on war
more » ... ctives on war remembrance. While the purpose of commemorative activities is to convey particular memorymessagesaboutappropriatewaystoremembertheFirstWorldWar,youngpeople arenotpassiveinthisprocess.Althoughtheytypicallydonotdemonstrateafirmgraspof alltherelevanthistoricaldetailsabouttheFirstWorldWar,whengiventheopportunityto dosotheyappeartobeengagingcriticallywiththeproductionofculturalmemorymessages aboutwarremembrance.
doi:10.18546/lre.15.2.09 fatcat:43bdszfusfbznfzwhlklkmoz5m