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Collaborative RememberingTheories, Research, and Applications$
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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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Social Aspects of Forgetting

Social Aspects of Forgetting

(p.76) Chapter 5 Social Aspects of Forgetting
Collaborative Remembering

William Hirst

Jeremy Yamashiro

Oxford University Press

Forgetting is as open to social influence as remembering. Indeed, if human memory evolved in part to promote social bonding, a tendency to forget collectively may be as adaptive as remembering. This chapter discusses socially sensitive cognitive mechanisms of forgetting, and underscores how they are more likely to promote collective forgetting within, but not between groups. First are culture-specific schemata, which help determine what is meaningful within a particular community, and thus what is memorable or easily forgotten. Second are effects of communicative remembering. Selective retelling of the past can induce forgetting in both speakers and listeners. This forgetting may propagate through groups and is most likely to occur when such forgetting serves social needs.

Keywords:   forgetting, remembering, collective memory, socially shared retrieval-induced forgetting, schema, collective identity, mnemonic silence, meaning-making, communicative remembering

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