author={Constantine Sedikides and Tim Wildschut and Jamie Arndt and Clay D Routledge},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={304 - 307}
Traditionally, nostalgia has been conceptualized as a medical disease and a psychiatric disorder. Instead, we argue that nostalgia is a predominantly positive, self-relevant, and social emotion serving key psychological functions. Nostalgic narratives reflect more positive than negative affect, feature the self as the protagonist, and are embedded in a social context. Nostalgia is triggered by dysphoric states such as negative mood and loneliness. Finally, nostalgia generates positive affect… 

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  • H. Lovell
  • Sociology
    Understanding Energy Innovation
  • 2021
Nostalgia is a longing for the past and the way we remember how things used to be done, including a wish for things to stay the same. Nostalgia is a central part of understanding societal responses

Intergenerational Nostalgic Haunting and Critical Hope: Memories of Loss and Longing in Bonteheuwel

This chapter explores the intergenerational transmission of nostalgic memory in the context of a Cape Town township called Bonteheuwel, haunted by memories of apartheid forced removal and present