Towards a psychology of collective memory

  title={Towards a psychology of collective memory},
  author={William Hirst and David Manier},
  pages={183 - 200}
This article discusses the place of psychology within the now voluminous social scientific literature on collective memory. Many social scientists locate collective memories in the social resources that shape them. For scholars adopting this perspective, collective memories are viewed as transcending individuals; that is, as being “in the world”. Others recognise that, in the final analysis, individuals must remember collective as well as individual memories. These scholars treat collective… 
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