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Personal trajectories, collective memories: Remembering and the life-course

de Saint Laurent, Constance

In: Culture & Psychology, 2017, vol. 23, no. 2, p. 263-279

How do we understand the broad history to which we belong? What meaning do we give to it and what role does it have in our lives? This paper proposes to approach collective memory from the perspective of the subject, adopting a developmental perspective to explore how people build specific relations and representations of the historical past. Building on the literature on collective remembering...

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“I would rather be hanged than agree with you!”: Collective Memory and the Definition of the Nation in Parliamentary Debates on Immigration

de Saint Laurent, Constance

In: Outlines. Critical Practices Studies, 2014, vol. 15, no. 3, p. 22-53

This paper explores the meaning attributed to the national group as an entry point into how boundaries between the in-group and the out-group are formed. To do so, it focuses on the representation of the past of the group, taken as a symbolic resource able to produce a raison d’être for national groups, and does so within a dialogical framework. Using the transcripts of the French...

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Life-creativity: imagining one’s life

Zittoun, Tania ; de Saint Laurent, Constance

In: Rethinking creativity: Contributions from cultural psychology, 2015, p. 58-75

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Trajectories of resistance and historical reflections

de Saint Laurent, Constance

In: Resistance in Everyday Life: Constructing Cultural Experiences, 2017, p. 49-63

Collective memory, the one-sided and subjective vision the group holds of its own past, plays a central role in defining who we believe we are and what the world is supposed to be. As such, being able to challenge what is said of the past offers the possibility to imagine futures and build identities outside of what is commonly accepted in society, thus providing roots for resistance. This paper...

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Memory in life transitions

de Saint Laurent, Constance ; Zittoun, Tania

In: Handbook of memory and culture, 2016, p. 1-32

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Reflexivity

de Saint Laurent, Constance ; Glăveanu, Vlad Petre

In: Creativity: A new vocabulary, 2016, p. 121-128

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Creative imagination

Glăveanu, Vlad Petre ; Karwowski, Maciej ; Jankowska, Dorota M. ; de Saint Laurent, Constance

In: Handbook of imagination and culture, 2017, p. 1-39

In this chapter I look at the links between collective memory and the imagination of collective futures. Drawing on works on imagination and autobiographical memory, I first discuss the role of past experiences in imagining the future. I then explore the consequences of such a perspective for collective memories and collective futures, which will lead me to argue that the former provides the...