Memory Practices and Learning

Interactional, Institutional and Sociocultural Perspectives

Edited by:
Åsa Mäkitalo, University of Gothenburg
Per Linell, University of Linköping, Sweden
Roger Säljö, University of Gothenburg

A volume in the series: Advances in Cultural Psychology: Constructing Human Development. Editor(s): Jaan Valsiner, Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology, Aalborg University.

Published 2017

Memory and learning are seen as mental phenomena and generally studied as brain processes, for example, within various branches of psychology and neuroscience. This book represents a rather different tack, based on sociocultural theory, cultural psychology and dialogism. Authors from many different disciplines and countries study memory and learning as practices adopted by people in different interactional and institutional contexts. Studies range from detailed analyses of situated activities to broad sociohistorical studies of cultural phenomena and collective memories such as national narratives and physical symbols for commemorating events and traditions. By focusing on how people engage in remembering and learning, this book provides a necessary complement to currently popular neuroscientific approaches.

Series Editors’ Preface. Editor’s Preface. Introduction, Roger Säljö. PART I: REMEMBERING IN CONVERSATIONS. Emergence in Conversational Remembering, Brady Wagoner and Alex Gillespie. Naming the Other: Category Memberships and Practices Of Ethnic Othering in Children’s Multiethnic Peer‐Group Participations, Ann‐Carita Evaldsson and Fritjof Sahlström. Remembering as Instructional Work in the Science Classroom, Maria Andrée, Per‐Olof Wickman, and Lotta Lager-Nyqvist. “If Green was A and Blue was B”: Isomorphism as an Instructable Matter, Timothy Koschmann and Sharon Derry. PART II: REMEMBERING, LEARNING AND COORDINATING WITH TECHNOLOGIES. Starting Out as a Driver: Progression in Instructed Pedal Work, Mathias Broth, Jakob Cromdal, and Lena Levin. Mobilizing Distributed Memory Resources in English Project Work, Nigel Musk and Asta Čekaitė. Practices of Remembering: Organizing Math Activities in a First Grade Classroom, Helen Melander and Pål Aarsand. Struggling With Powerful Conceptual Reifications: Cognitive Socialization When Learning to Reason as an Economist, Åsa Mäkitalo and Roger Säljö. PART III: REMEMBERING, NARRATION, AND THE REPRODUCTION OF INSTITUTIONS AND IDENTITIES. Narrative Tools, Truth, and Fast Thinking in National Memory: A Mnemonic Standoff Between Russia and the West Over Ukraine, James V. Wertsch. Collective Memory in Dynamics of Ethnopolitical Mobilization: The Karabakh Conflict, Rauf R. Garagozov. Memory and National Identity in a Modern State: The Nigerian Case, Golda Kosisochi Onyeneho. Connecting Dots: Family Reminiscence, Kyoko Murakami and Rachel L. Jacobs. PART IV: THE PAST AND THE PRESENT AS OPTIONS FOR THE FUTURE. Individual Remembering as Interactive Achievement: Reminiscing In Collective Interviewing, Wolff‐Michael Roth. Making History: Apprehending Future While Reconstructing The Past, Giuseppina Marsico and Jaan Valsiner. Clocking Nature and Society, Geoffrey C. Bowker. Epilogue: Memory Practices Writ Large and Small, Per Linell and Åsa Mäkitalo. About the Authors.