08 Nov

‚History, Memory and Migration‘ among CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013

As I have only just learned, the book ‚History, Memory and Migration‚, which I co-edited with Irial Glynn and wich was published in 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan, was recognised as one of the ‚CHOICE Outstanding Academic Titles of 2013‚, making it one of the top 10% publications reviewed that year.

„Every year, Choice subject editors single out for recognition the most significant print and electronic works reviewed in Choice during the previous calendar year. Appearing annually in Choice’s January issue, this prestigious list of publications reflects the best in scholarly titles and attracts extraordinary attention from the academic library community. The 2013 feature includes 663 titles in 54 disciplines and subsections…

The journal Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries is part of the Association of College and Research Libraries (US) and publishes around 7000 reviews of academic titles each year.

The award is based on a review that appeared in the CHOICE January 2013 issue:

„Many aspects make this book an interesting read. First, as its title shows, the book merges memory study and migrant study, two robust fields of late in academia. Second, it offers a broad scope, with case studies from around the globe. Third, it raises more questions than it provides answers, inviting more research. Most of all, the editors have done a great job of writing both the introductory and concluding chapters, which, along with Jay Winter’s elegant foreword, not only provide an up-to-date historiographic review but also cogently explain how and why memory and migration deserve scholarly attention. Indeed, this book is notable because despite being an anthology, which means it inevitably contains certain loose ends, it offers as a whole an informative case study of why public memory is diverse and shifting and how migrants are a contributing cause. A few threads also help tie the book together, one of which is the editors‘ discussion of one’s sense of „belonging.“ Similar to the concept of „identity,“ „belonging“ is also plural and porous, making it a perceptive angle with which to discuss the characteristics of migrant psyche in a modern society. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.“
Q. E. Wang, Rowan University

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