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Handbook of Culture and Memory$
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Brady Wagoner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190230814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190230814.001.0001

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From Memory as Archive to Remembering as Conversation

From Memory as Archive to Remembering as Conversation

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(p.41) 2 From Memory as Archive to Remembering as Conversation
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Handbook of Culture and Memory
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Jens Brockmeier

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190230814.003.0003

This chapter is concerned with changes in the understanding of remembering and forgetting. It pays particular attention to the emergence of alternative visions that challenge the traditional archival model of memory and offers new ways to conceive of mnemonic practices as cultural practices. Starting with a discussion of archival models in contemporary scientific memory research, it then examines new models of memory that aim to capture what archival models tend to ignore: the social, societal, and cultural dynamic of human remembering. In this way, the focus shifts to postarchival memory models that have emerged in clinical disciplines, the social sciences, and the humanities. The chapter concludes by discussing one approach to remembering and forgetting that conceives of them as inherently social practices—as practices that, it is suggested, should be understood after the model of conversation rather than the archival model of individual retrieval.

Keywords:   archival memory model, conversational remembering, postarchival memory model, autobiographical process, reconstructive memory

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