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Gary Alan Fine and Aaron Beim - Intro to issue: Interactionist Approaches to Collective Memory | Symbolic Interaction, Vol. 30, No. 1 (Winter 2007), pp. 1-5
Introduction: Interactionist Approaches to Collective Memory Gary Alan Fine and Aaron Beim Symbolic Interaction Vol. 30, No. 1 (Winter 2007) (pp. 1-5) Downloaded pdf to Note [M]uch of the analytic value in the concept of collective memory is found in its reification.A reified notion of the group mind allows us to analyze patterns of social thought that adhere at a level of social life that transcends the individual, just as long as such a strategy does not neglect the individuals and groups that are conse- quential in establishing memory through reputation work. Although a substantive focus that reifies memory flattens out individual or even group-level behavior, it can reveal behavior patterns that affect individuals and groups even in the absence of their intentions. Ultimately, collective memory is produced through symbolic interaction. Even if collective memory is treated as a reified concept, interactionism is a necessary para- digm for examining how that objectification operates. The articles in this special issue isolate mechanisms of that process.
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