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Working the PastNarrative and Institutional Memory$
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Charlotte Linde

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140286

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140286.001.0001

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Working the Past

Working the Past

Identity and Memory

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Working the Past

Charlotte Linde

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the book's aim: to tell a story about stories. The book has presented an ethnography of the structure and the use of stories within an institution, taking both the story and the institution as the primary units of analysis. The chapter finishes by concluding what the book has achieved: this has been a story about the adventures of stories in groups of people and the adventures of people in groups of stories. The work of this book has been to demonstrate the existence and the nature of this work—mundane, daily, and utterly essential to any group that considers that it has an identity. This is the work that keeps us Us, whoever We may be.

Keywords:   story, stories, institution, adventure, identity

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