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Working the Past: Narrative and Institutional Memory

Charlotte Linde


This book analyzes the role of narratives in institutions, showing how institutions use narratives to remember their past and project a future, and how people within institutions shape and are shaped by institutional stories. The central example provides an ethnography of the structure and use of stories in an American insurance company. Narratives within institutions are used to negotiate collective and individual identity. These identities shape the way collectivities and individuals use, change or contest presentations of the past. Identity and memory are mutually constructed through the us ... More

Keywords: narrative, storytelling, institutional memory, collective memory, social memory, ethnography of narration, identity, memory, intertextuality, secondary socialization, occasions for remembering, insurance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195140286
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140286.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlotte Linde, author
Institute for Research on Learning