Title

Recalling a Difficult Past: Whites’ Memories of Birmingham

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Department

Sociology

Abstract

This article examines the intersection between collective memory and autobiographical memory through in-depth interviews with twenty whites who came of age in the midst of key events in the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama. This article explores the process through which they have been able to renarrativize their pasts to forget memories that link them with the ideology of segregation and to reconstruct the self to be usable in the present.

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