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Remembering another country's past: a comparative study into how Third Culture Kids can expand our understanding of German collective memory
González González, Mafalda Inés ; Testa, Alessandro (advisor) ; Kovtiak, Elisabeth (referee)
This bachelor thesis investigated the topics of Third Culture Kids (TCK) and German collective memory. The primary goals of this study were to compare the narrative and discursive similarities and differences between TCK and their local peers (Non-TCK) when discussing German collective memory. A literature review outlined the concepts of TCK and collective memory, specially German collective memory. Through creative qualitative research methods, interviews with four Non-TCK and five TCK were conducted, in which they were asked to select five five photographs out of a set of 60 that represented for them German collective memory. After looking at the content that the participants picked as German collective memory, a thematic and discourse analysis revealed various narratives hidden in the interview. Although it is feasible to claim that all participants had a similar assessment of the responsibility Germans ought to have for their past, TCK expected further engagement of German citizens to be politically active. Discursively, because of the difficult topic of the research, the Non-TCK presented a tension that the TCK were able to better navigate.