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Occasions for Institutional Remembering

Charlotte Linde

in Working the Past

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780195140286
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199871247 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140286.003.0003
Occasions for Institutional Remembering

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This chapter discusses occasions for remembering. Occasions are a key issue for understanding how institutions work their past: they allow the study of remembering rather than the study of static representations of the past. An institution's narratives may be collected in an archive, but if this collection is rarely used, the narratives have no life of their own. Rather, it is necessary to discover the activities in which such representations are used. For an institution, remembering necessarily is a social event, involving at least two, and perhaps millions of people. Retelling and remembering of this sort require proper occasions. Without its proper occasion, a story rarely or never gets told. This chapter presents a taxonomy of the types of occasions for narrative, including events, places, memorials, and memory artifacts.

Keywords: occasions for remembering; ethnography of narrative; memorials; monuments; museums conventions

Chapter.  15989 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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