Edited by Martina Berrocal and Aleksandra Salamurović
[Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 84] 2019
► pp. 179–210
Chapter 8. Discursive construction of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’
Analysis of commemorative speeches (2004–2016) on the Croatian Homeland War
Commemorative speeches as an annual ritual play an important role in the memory discourse of a society. They construct political and social realities, as well as a collective identity. The following paper discusses the content and the form of official remembrance of the Homeland War in Croatia, which took place from 1991 to 1995. In particular, I will focus on the constitution of the elements of national identity and collective memory of the 1990s within the selected speeches of Croatian political leaders between 2004 and 2016. Hereby, the emphasis is on the discursive presentation of Self and Others. The analysis draws on theoretical and methodological frameworks of the Discourse-Historical Approach within the Critical Discourse Analysis.