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Research Methods for Memory Studies

Edited by Emily Keightley, Michael Pickering

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The first textbook on research methods and methodological questions in memory studies

This guide provides students and researchers with a clear set of outlines and discussions of particular methods of research in memory studies. It offers not only expert appraisals of a range of techniques, approaches and perspectives in memory studies, but also focuses on key questions of methodology in order to help bring unity and coherence to this new field of study.

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Introduction: Methodological Premises and Purposes – Michael Pickering and Emily Keightley
Section One: Memory and Identity
1. Autobiographical Memory – Robyn Fivush
2. Oral History and Remembering – Joanna Bornat
Section Two: Qualities of Memory
3. Experience and Memory – Steve Brown and Paula Reavey
4. Between Official and Vernacular Remembering – Sabina Mihelj
Section Three: Media and Memory
5. Televised Remembering – Ann Gray
6. Vernacular Remembering – Michael Pickering and Emily Keightley
Section Four: Locations of Memory
7. Memoryscapes and Multi-Sited Methods – Paul Basu
8. Ethnicity and Memory – Amanda Kearney
Section Five: Disturbed Memory
9. Painful Pasts – Emily Keightley and Michael Pickering
10. Disrupted Childhoods – Jo Aldridge and Chris Dearden
Section Six: Confessing and Witnessing
11. Apologia – Cristean Tileaga
12. Testimony – Jovan Byford
Conclusion - Michael Pickering and Emily Keightley
Further Reading

About the Author

Dr Emily Keightley is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. Her research interests include the mediation of memory, time and everyday life. As well as recent articles on memory and methodology, generational transmission and painful pasts, she has published the edited collection Time, Media and Modernity (2012) and has co-authored The Mnemonic Imagination (2012) with Michael Pickering. She is assistant editor of the journal Media, Culture and Society.

Professor Michael Pickering teaches in the Social Sciences at Loughborough University. His most recent books include Researching Communications (2007); Blackface Minstrelsy in Britain (2008); Research Methods for Cultural Studies (2008); Popular Culture, a four-volume edited collection (2010). Rhythms of Labour: The History of Music at Work in Britain, co-written with Marek Korczynski and Emma Robertson, will appear in May 2013, published by Cambridge University Press.

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