Relational Remembering / Edition 224

Relational Remembering / Edition 224

by Sue Campbell
     
 

ISBN-10: 074253281X

ISBN-13: 9780742532816

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Tracing the impact of the 'memory wars' on science and culture, Relational Remembering offers a vigorous philosophical challenge to the contemporary skepticism about memory that is their legacy. Campbell's work provides a close conceptual analysis of the strategies used to challenge women's memories, particularly those meant to provoke a general social alarm about

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Tracing the impact of the 'memory wars' on science and culture, Relational Remembering offers a vigorous philosophical challenge to the contemporary skepticism about memory that is their legacy. Campbell's work provides a close conceptual analysis of the strategies used to challenge women's memories, particularly those meant to provoke a general social alarm about suggestibility. Sue Campbell argues that we cannot come to an adequate understanding of the nature and value of memory through a distorted view of rememberers. The harmful stereotypes of women's passivity and instability that have repopulated discussions of abuse have led many theorists to regard the social dimensions of remembering only negatively, as a threat or contaminant to memory integrity. Such models of memory cannot help us grasp the nature of harms linked to oppression, as these models imply that changed group understandings of the past are incompatible with the integrity of personal memory. Campbell uses the false memory debates to defend a feminist reconceptualization of personal memory as relational, social, and subject to politics. Memory is analyzed as a complex of cognitive abilities and social/narrative activities where one's success or failure as a rememberer is both affected by one's social location and has profound ramifications for one's cultural status as a moral agent.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742532816
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Feminist Constructions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
0.54(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Constructing the "memory wars" Chapter 2 Respecting rememberers Chapter 3 Framing women's testimony: narrative position and memory authority Chapter 4 The subjects of therapy: Revisiting Trauma and Recovery Chapter 5 "The feeling of identity is quite wanting...in the true woman": Models of memory and moral character Chapter 6 Suggestibility, misdesign, and social skepticism Chapter 7 The costs of a stereotype: Defending women's confidential records Chapter 8 A singular and representative life: Personal memory and systematic harms

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