Relational Remembering: Rethinking the Memory Wars

Relational Remembering: Rethinking the Memory Wars

by Sue Campbell
     
 

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Campbell (philosophy and women's studies, Dalhousie U.) challenges the current understanding of the false/recovered memory controversies, particularly questioning how scholars and commentators have come to represent both memory and women. The question of the reliability of women's memory is important in cases of child sexual abuse and the utility of autobiographies as

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Campbell (philosophy and women's studies, Dalhousie U.) challenges the current understanding of the false/recovered memory controversies, particularly questioning how scholars and commentators have come to represent both memory and women. The question of the reliability of women's memory is important in cases of child sexual abuse and the utility of autobiographies as historical evidence. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Choice
This is an especially useful text for those interested in philosophically interdisciplinary projects. . . . Relational Remembering presents an important feminist voice in the arguments over the unity and stability of memory. Campbell's text is critical, important, and quite provocative. Highly recommended.
Toni Suzuki Laidlaw
Sue Campbell provides an insightful and much-needed analysis of the current debates surrounding recovered memories. Her lucidly argued position is essential reading for both therapists and theorists grappling with this contentious subject.
Susan J. Brison
Relational Remembering is a compelling, persuasively argued book that brings a welcome philosophical sophistication to recent debates in the so-called 'memory wars.' Sue Campbell argues that our dependence on others in the construction of narratives of our past, far from undermining the reliability of our memories, is necessary for 'good remembering.' Philosophers, cognitive psychologists, therapists, feminist theorists—indeed, everyone interested in the politics of memory—will benefit from reading this fascinating study of memory and identity.
Naomi Scheman
In Relational Remembering Sue Campbell extends to the contentious terrain of the 'memory wars' the subtle and lucid account of subjectivity that she articulated in Interpreting the Personal. This extraordinary achievement shows that seeking the truth about what we feel or about what we seem to remember requires, not abstraction from, but politically informed attention to the social contexts in which those feelings and memories take shape.
CHOICE
This is an especially useful text for those interested in philosophically interdisciplinary projects. . . . Relational Remembering presents an important feminist voice in the arguments over the unity and stability of memory. Campbell's text is critical, important, and quite provocative. Highly recommended.
Jennifer J. Freyd
An engaging and intelligent book, Relational Remembering is a probing analysis of the false memory movement written by an insightful and sophisticated philosopher of science. Of interest to a wide audience, Relational Remembering should be required reading by all those who claim—or would like to claim—expertise on memory for trauma.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742532809
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Series:
Feminist Constructions Series
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.88(d)

Meet the Author

Sue Campbell is associate professor of philosophy and women's studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is the author of Interpreting the Personal (1997) and co-editor of Racism and Philosophy (1999).

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