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Her Life Review: Reliving the Past in the Present

Denise Carson

in Parting Ways

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780520251083
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520949416 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251083.003.0004
Her Life Review: Reliving the Past in the Present

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This chapter describes the author anxiety when learning about her roots. Her mother's history is in fact her history, on the verge of being lost like her father's. In the selfish endeavor of the author to collect her life stories and navigate through her anticipatory grief, she, in this chapter, taps into her mother's life review, which is defined as a looking-back process set in motion by looking forward to death. The author takes on the role of a listener in her mother's life review. She found it a complex self-analysis and evaluative process. Recording a life review through interview amplifies, triggers, and taps into the life being lived in reverse as a person takes inventory of his or her life. The author extracted the vivid pivotal life moments that shaped the social and psychological DNA of her mother as her life culminated.

Keywords: history; life story; life review; psychological DNA; interview

Chapter.  7011 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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