Narration, Identity, and Historical Consciousness

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Jurgen Straub
Berghahn Books, 2006 - History - 296 pages
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A generally acknowledged characteristic of modern life, namely the temporalization of experience, inextricable from our intensified experience of contingency and difference, has until now remained largely outside psychology's purview. Wherever questions about the development, structure, and function of the concept of time have been posed - for example by Piaget and other founders of genetic structuralism - they have been concerned predominantly with concepts of "physical", chronometrical time, and related concepts (e.g., "velocity"). All the contributions to the present volume attempt to close this gap. A larger number are especially interested in the narration of stories. Overviews of the relevant literature, as well as empirical case studies, appear alongside theoretical and methodological reflections. Most contributions refer to specifically historical phenomena and meaning-constructions. Some touch on the subjects of biographical memory and biographical constructions of reality. Of all the various affinities between the contributions collected here, the most important is their consistent attention to issues of the constitution and representation of temporal experience.


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Narrative Psychology and Historical Consciousness
Past and Present as Narrative Constructions
Telling Stories Making History Toward a Narrative
Narrative Moral Identity and Historical Consciousness
Narrative Truth and Identity Formation
On the Development of Narrative Competence
Historical Consciousness The Progress of Knowledge
Empirical Psychological Approaches
The Psychological Study of Historical Consciousness
BiographyA Dream? SelfChronicling
Authenticity and Authority
Albert Speers Memories of the Future On the Historical
Notes on Contributors

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Jûrgen Straub is Professor of Psychology at the University of Chemnitz . He was research director and member of the management committee at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities Essen ( Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen , KWI ) from October 1999 to September 2001. Beginning in April 2004, he will lead the research group Intercultural Communication Intercultural Competence at the KWI . His research topics include the psychology of cultural practices, methodology of qualitative research, and historical consciousness.

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