Collective Memory Work: A Methodology for Learning With and From Lived Experience (Hardback)Corey W. Johnson (editor)
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The seemingly mundane events of daily life create a complex knowledge base of lived experience to be explored. But how does one research common experiences and account for context, culture, and identity? A dilemma arises because experience is not just embedded in events, but also in the socially constructed meanings associated with those events.
This book details the philosophical underpinnings, design features and implementation strategies of Collective Memory Work - a methodology frequently employed by social justice activists/scholars. Collective Memory Work can provide scholars with unique and nuanced ways to solve problems for and with their participants.
Most importantly, the chapters also detail projects and social justice in action, analysing their participants' real stories and experiences: projects that focus on LGBTQ youth, #blacklivesmatter activists, white faculty working at historically Black colleges and universities, men's media consumption and much more. Written in an engaging and accessible style, readers will come to understand the potential of their own qualitative research using Collective Memory Work.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 156
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
This volume puts memory into action to enact a more socially just future. Drawing from rich theoretical terrain, interwoven with innovative and relevant research, the chapters showcase the rich potential of doing collective memory work to critically question the relations of memory, media, gender, sexuality, racialization, education, and more. This is an inspiring collection-looking back, I wish I'd had this book years ago; looking ahead, it'll take an important place in my future teaching and research.
Brett Lashua, Reader in Leisure and Popular Culture, Leeds Beckett University
This book provides a compelling account of collective memory work as a methodological approach that wrestles with the complex workings of power in the generation and shared analysis of everyday experiences. The diverse chapters in the collection echo a desire to reveal the subtle and coercive effects of gender, race and sexuality that play out through discursive mediations that perpetuate injustice and normalised imperatives. By attuning to the embodied processes of remembering, speaking, listening, writing and enacting collective memory work this book reinvigorates an important methodological approach to transforming knowledge and also ourselves within it.
Simone Fullagar Chair, Physical Culture, Sport and Health research group, Department for Health, University of Bath
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