Media-Remembering the Falklands War: Subjectivity and Identification

Sarah Maltby


This article explores the ways in which remembering is enacted, performed, and contested with media and how these processes become intrinsically linked to issues of power, agency, and identity. Drawing on ethnographic data collected with Falkland Islanders during the 30th anniversary of the 1982 Falklands war, I critically consider the context, motivation, and agency involved in how and why Islanders remember through and with the media and the potentially profound implications this may be having on their understanding, negotiation, and performance of identity, which is (at times) at odds with their everyday existence. The result of the analysis raises critical questions about what societies remember and want to be remembered for, the implications of which extend far beyond the Falklands.


media, memory, identity, agency, Falkland Islands, war, remembrance, commemoration

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