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Michelle L. Meade, Celia B. Harris, Penny Van Bergen, John Sutton, and Amanda J. Barnier

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198737865

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198737865.001.0001

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Contextualizing Autobiographical Remembering: An Expanded View of Memory

Contextualizing Autobiographical Remembering: An Expanded View of Memory

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(p.197) Chapter 11 Contextualizing Autobiographical Remembering: An Expanded View of Memory
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Collaborative Remembering
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Steven D. Brown

Paula Reavey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198737865.003.0011

Contemporary reformulations of the nature of “the psychological” call out for different approaches to autobiographical memory. If epistemic and methodological differences are set aside, debate can be focused on four key themes—function, accessibility, accuracy, and life story. What persons do with memory needs to be indexed to the interactional contexts where the past is invoked, where the accessibility of autobiographical memories is a collaborative accomplishment. While the accuracy of memory is nearly always at issue, the criterion and procedures through which it is established vary across practices, as do capacities to produce biographical coherency. An “expanded” or “modern” view of memory should seek to analyze brains, voices, objects, and settings together.

Keywords:   episodic memory, discursive psychology, vital memory, false memory, life story, Martin Conway

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