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Title: Vital memories : Movements in and between affect, ethics and self
Authors: Brown, Steven Dexter
Reavey, Paula
First Published: 17-Jun-2014
Publisher: Sage Publications Inc
Citation: Memory Studies, 2014, 7 (3), pp. 328-338
Abstract: The focus on the practice of remembering has been highly productive for memory studies, but it creates difficulties in understanding personal commitment to particular versions of the past. Autobiographical memories of difficult and distressing past episodes – or ‘vital memories’ – require extensive and ongoing management. We describe the issues that arise when vital memories are expressed across a range of specific interactional contexts. Seven themes – autobiography, agency, forgetting, ethics, affect, space and institutional practices – are discussed. Each theme draws out a particular facet of the relationship between the content and contexts of vital memories and demonstrates that while vital memories frame problematic experiences, they remain essential for those who express them.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1750698014530622
ISSN: 1750-6980
eISSN: 1750-6999
Links: http://mss.sagepub.com/content/7/3/328
http://hdl.handle.net/2381/29221
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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