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The Social Psychology of Experience

The Social Psychology of Experience
Studies in Remembering and Forgetting

May 2005 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
What informs the process of remembering and forgetting? Is it merely about our capability to store and retrieve experiences in a purely functional sense? What about 'collective memories', not just those of the individual - how do these manifest themselves in the passages of time?

The authors present a new, fascinating insight into the social psychology of experience drawing upon a number of classic works (particularly by Frederick Bartlett, Maurice Halbwachs & Henri Bergson) to help develop their argument. The significance of their ideas for developing a contemporary psychology of experience is illustrated with material from studies focused on settings at home and at work, in public and commercial organizations where remembering and forgetting are matters of concern, involving language and text based communication, objects and place.

As their argument unfolds, the authors reveal that memories do not solely reside in a linear passage of time, linking past, present and future, nor do they solely rest within the indidvidual's conciousness, but that memory sits at the very heart of 'lived experience'; whether collective or individual, the vehicle for how we remember or forget is linked to social interaction, object interaction and the different durations of living that we all have. It is very much connected to the social psychology of experience.

This book is written for advanced undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in social psychology. However, it will also be of particular value on courses that deal with conceptual and historical issues in psychology (in cognate disciplines as well) and supplmentary reading in cognitive science.

Introducing Remembering and Forgetting in the Psychology of Experience
Making Experiences Matter
Memory in the Social Sciences

Territorializing Experience
Maurice Halbwachs on Memory

Virtualizing Experience
Henri Bergson on Memory

Communicating Experience
Interactional Organization of Remembering and Forgetting

Projecting Experience
Succession and Change in Communicative Action

Localizing Experience
Implacement, Incorporation and Habit in Zones of Personal Relations

Objectifying Experience
Mediating, Displacing and Stabilizing the Past in Objects

Technologizing Experience
Infrastructures in Remembering and Forgetting

Collecting and Dispersing Experience
Spatializing the Individual in the Mass

Cutting Experience
Intersecting Durations in Making Lives Matter

Unlimiting Experience
Dynamics of Remembering and Forgetting


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