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Remembering with and Through Archives

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

Abstract

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).

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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