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The Autobiographical Self in Time and Culture
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The Autobiographical Self in Time and Culture

Qi Wang

Abstract

This book traces the developmental, social, cultural, and historical origins of the autobiographical self—the self that is made of memories of the personal past and of the family and the community. It combines rigorous research, compelling theoretical insights, sensitive survey of real memories and memory conversations, and fascinating personal anecdotes to convey a message: The autobiographical self is conditioned by one's time and culture. The book begins with an examination of parent-child reminiscing to illustrate the construction of the autobiographical self in the process of family story ... More

Keywords: autobiographical memory, autobiographical self, autobiography, culture, self, storytelling, reminiscing, childhood amnesia, silence, modern technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199737833
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737833.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Qi Wang, author
Department of Human Development, Cornell University

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