The labyrinth of memory: ethnographic journeys

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Bergin & Garvey, 1995 - Social Science - 223 pages
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This work is a study of the various ways in which individuals and groups use memory narratives to express and form the quality of their lives. Activities of remembering, forgetting, reconstructing, metamorphosizing, and vicariously remembering are described for cultures in Latin America, Africa, Europe, Canada, and the United States. The authors find that the territory of memory is bounded by neither space nor time, but exists in the minds of individuals and groups. Memory changes as individuals and cultures change, forming a dialogue between the past and the present in response to present and changing needs. Memories of dislocation, war, torture, famine, and separation are given particular attention for the way they create meaning in the present and future lives of those who remember and share their memories.

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The Evolution
27
The Remembering Consciousness
49
Reconstructing
93
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MAREA C. TESKI is Professor of Anthropology at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.JACOB J. CLIMO is Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University.

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