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Memory

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Identity is the idea that there exists an individual and authentic sense of self. The notions of identity and memory logically presuppose one another. Remembering and forgetting are fundamental to the creation of identities. Our identities are the result of the networks to which we belong and our connections to particular networks (e.g., family, work, nation) are only possible through both collective remembering and collective forgetting. The study of collective memory began with Maurice Halbwachs, a student ...

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