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How Nations Remember: A Narrative Approach

James V. Wertsch


How Nations Remember draws on multiple disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to examine how a nation’s account of the past shapes its actions in the present. National memory can underwrite noble aspirations, but the volume focuses largely on how it contributes to the negative tendencies of nationalism that give rise to confrontation. Narratives are taken as units of analysis for examining the psychological and cultural dimensions of remembering particular events and also for understanding the schematic codes and mental habits that underlie national memory more generally. In this ac ... More

Keywords: national memory, national narratives, narrative templates, nationalism, national identity, narrative analysis, narrative anthropology, privileged event narratives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197551462
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197551462.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James V. Wertsch, author
David R. Francis Distinguished Professor and Director Emeritus, McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University in St. Louis