This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on contemporary forms of public remembrance or memorial culture, and explains that memory can be used by the social field in a distinctively non-Oedipal way so that the past is not a blueprint for the future. It argues that in so far as desire is social and collective memory presupposes a social situation, the phenomenon of memorial culture is a configuration and investment of desire. What this means is that collective memory is used to reinforce the past as different to the present, and, in so doing, past, present and future are codified according to their difference from one another, or the distinction between the past and present is confounded.
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