Echoes from the Past: Intergenerational Memories in Cyprus

Madeleine Leonard

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The purpose of this article is to describe young people's awareness of their parents’ and grandparents’ stories of the events of 1974 in Cyprus and to evaluate the extent to which they perceive teachers as other key figures in their lives endorsing family accounts of history. The article is based on focus group discussions with 20 Turkish Cypriot and 20 Greek Cypriot teenagers from two schools in Cyprus. The article describes how in some cases, young people appropriate these memories as their own, while in other cases, they acknowledge how the passing of time dilutes the significance of past events and allows some young people to envisage a different collective future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-76
Number of pages11
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number1
Early online date01 May 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


  • Cyprus
  • Greek Cypriots
  • intergeneration
  • memories
  • Turkish Cypriots

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Health(social science)
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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