Remembering with and Through Archives

  • Cristian Tileagă
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Discursive Psychology book series (PSDP)


In this chapter I continue my focus on the particular contribution of discursive psychology (DP) to interdisciplinary scholarship on the critical reconstruction of the communist past in Eastern Europe. I consider issues related to the role of archives in remembering and the analysis of the psychological language of documentary records, particularly language that describes people, their disposition/personality, and more generally, their ‘moral character’. As I argued in the preceding chapters, the DP contention is that psychological language is morally implicative language. It is also language used to manage normative issues around facts, norms, and dispositions of people (Edwards 2006). As Edwards has argued, ‘we need to approach discourse as social practice rather than mental expression, where mental states are talk’s categories and concerns, rather than its causes’ (Edwards 1999, p. 288).


  1. Albu, M. (2008). Informatorul: Studiu asupra Colaborării cu Securitatea. Iaşi: Polirom.Google Scholar
  2. Allport, G. W. (1942). The Use of Personal Documents in Psychological Science. New York: Social Science Research Council.Google Scholar
  3. Andreescu, G. (2013). Carturari, Opozanti si Documente: Manipularea Arhivei Securitatii. Bucuresti: Polirom.Google Scholar
  4. Ashmore, M., MacMillan, K., & Brown, S. D. (2004). It’s a Scream: Professional Hearing and Tape Fetishism. Journal of Pragmatics, 36, 349–374.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Atkinson, P., & Coffey, A. (1997). Analysing Documentary Realities. In D. Silverman (Ed.), Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice (pp. 45–62). London: Sage.Google Scholar
  6. Belmonte, K., & Opotow, S. (2017). Archivists on Archives and Social Justice. Qualitative Psychology, 4(1), 58–72.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Bertau, M.-C. (2007). Review Symposium: Encountering Objects and Others as a Means of Passage. Culture & Psychology, 13, 335–352.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Byford, J., & Tileagă, C. (2014). Social Psychology, History, and the Study of the Holocaust: The Perils of Interdisciplinary “Borrowing”. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 20(4), 349–364.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Edwards, D. (1997). Discourse and Cognition. London: Sage.Google Scholar
  10. Edwards, D. (1999). Emotion Discourse. Culture & Psychology, 5, 271–291.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Edwards, D. (2003). Analyzing Racial Discourse: The Discursive Psychology of Mind-World Relationships. In H. van den Berg, M. Wetherell, & H. Houtkoop-Steenstra (Eds.), Analyzing Race Talk: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Research Interview (pp. 31–48). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  12. Edwards, D. (2006). Facts, Norms and Dispositions: Practical Uses of the Modal Verb Would in Police Interrogations. Discourse Studies, 8(4), 475–501.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Edwards, D., & Potter, J. (1992). Discursive Psychology. London: Sage.Google Scholar
  14. Eglin, P., & Hester, S. (2003). The Montreal Massacre: A Story of Membership Categorisation Analysis. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.Google Scholar
  15. Featherstone, M. (2006). Archive. Theory, Culture and Society, 23, 591–596.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Gallinat, A. (2009). Intense Paradoxes of Memory: Researching Moral Questions about Remembering the Socialist Past. History and Anthropology, 20, 183–199.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Gergen, K. J. (1973). Social Psychology as History. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 206, 309–320.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Gibson, S. (2017). Developing Psychology’s Archival Sensibilities: Revisiting Milgram’s ‘Obedience’ Experiments. Qualitative Psychology, 4(1), 73–89.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Goffman, E. (1961). Asylums: Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and other Inmates. Oxford: Doubleday (Anchor).Google Scholar
  20. Hepburn, A., & Wiggins, S. (Eds.). (2007). Discursive Research in Practice: New Approaches to Psychology and Interaction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  21. Heritage, J., & Greatbatch, D. (1991). On the Institutional Character of Institutional Talk: The Case of News Interviews. In D. Boden & D. Zimmerman (Eds.), Talk and Social Structure (pp. 93–137). Cambridge: Polity Press.Google Scholar
  22. Liebert, R. (2017). Radical Archiving as Social Psychology from the Future. Qualitative Psychology, 4(1), 90–100.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  23. Lynch, M. (1999). Archives in Formation: Privileged Spaces, Popular Archives and Paper Trails. History of the Human Sciences, 12, 65–87.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. Lynch, M., & Bogen, D. (1996). The Spectacle of History: Speech, Text, and Memory at the Iran-Contra Hearings. Durham/London: Duke University Press.Google Scholar
  25. Lynch, M., & Bogen, D. (2005). ‘My Memory Has Been Shredded’: A Non-cognitivist Investigation of ‘Mental’ Phenomena. In H. te Molder & J. Potter (Eds.), Conversation and Cognition (pp. 226–240). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Margalit, A. (2002). The Ethics of Memory. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  27. Middleton, D., & Brown, S. D. (2005). The Social Psychology of Experience: Studies in Remembering and Forgetting. London: Sage.Google Scholar
  28. Murakami, K. (2007). Positioning in Accounting for Redemption and Reconciliation. Culture & Psychology, 13, 431–452.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  29. Neitzel, S. (2012). Prologue. In S. Nietzel & H. Welzer (Eds.), Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing, and Dying (pp. vii–viii). London: Simon and Schuster.Google Scholar
  30. Neitzel, S., & Welzer, H. (2012). Soldaten. On Fighting, Killing and Dying: The Secret Second World War Tapes of German POWs. London: Simon and Schuster.Google Scholar
  31. Phillips, R. (2007). Commentary: Ambiguity in Narratives of Reconciliation. Culture & Psychology, 13, 453–460.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  32. Prior, L. (2004). Documents. In C. Seale, G. Gobo, J. F. Gubrium, & D. Silverman (Eds.), Qualitative Research Practice (pp. 375–390). London: Sage.Google Scholar
  33. Rubington, E., & Weinberg, M. (2001). Deviance: The Interactionist Perspective (8th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.Google Scholar
  34. Sacks, H. (1995). Lectures on Conversation. Oxford: Blackwell.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Shotter, J. (1990). The Social Construction of Remembering and Forgetting. In D. Middleton & D. Edwards (Eds.), Collective Remembering (pp. 120–138). London: Sage.Google Scholar
  36. Smith, D. (1990a). The Active Text: A Textual Analysis of the Social Relations of Public Textual Discourse. In Texts. Facts and Femininity: Exploring the Relations of Ruling (pp. 120–158). London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  37. Smith, D. (1990b). Textually Mediated Social Organization. In Texts, Facts and Femininity: Exploring the Relations of Ruling (pp. 209–224). London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  38. Smith, D. (2002). The Humiliating Organization: The Functions and Dysfunctions of Degradation. In A. van Iterson, W. Mastenbroek, T. Newton, & D. Smith (Eds.), The Civilized Organization (pp. 41–57). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  39. Tileagă, C., & Byford, J. (Eds.). (2014). Psychology and History: Interdisciplinary Explorations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  40. Tileagă, C., & Byford, J. (Eds.). (2017). Qualitative Psychology and the Archive (special issue). Qualitative Psychology, 4(1).Google Scholar
  41. Watson, R. (2009). Constitutive Practices and Garfinkel’s Notion of Trust: Revisited. Journal of Classical Sociology, 9, 475–499.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  42. Wiggins, S. (2017). Discursive Psychology: Theory, Method and Applications. London: Sage.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cristian Tileagă
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

Personalised recommendations