Ethnicity and memory

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Ethnicity is the ultimate memory project. Memory and collective consciousness mesh with self-identification to shape a sense of belonging and affiliative membership within a real or imagined community. This communion becomes a lifelong project and constructs itself through varied cognitive and emotional interactions with memory. Memories are made and require the negotiation of shared histories through acts of remembrance. The nature of memory is contested in the literature, and it is variously treated as an individual and group project; shared yet deeply personal. For the purposes of this discussion I envision memory as the product of both individual and collective decision making around what is valued, recalled and actioned in the world today.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Methods for Memory Studies
EditorsEmily Keightley, Michael Pickering
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780748683482, 9780748683475
ISBN (Print)9780748645954, 0748645950
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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NameResearch Methods for Memory Studies
PublisherEdinburgh University Press


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