The Autobiographical Self in Time and Culture by Qi Wang

The Autobiographical Self in Time and Culture

byQi Wang

Hardcover | August 15, 2013

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In this volume, Qi Wang traces the developmental, social, cultural, and historical origins of the autobiographical self - the self that is made of memories of the personal past and of the family and the community. Wang combines rigorous research, sensitive survey of real memories and memoryconversations, and fascinating personal anecdotes into a state-of-the-art book. As a "marginal woman" who grew up in the East and works and lives in the West, Wang's analysis is unique, insightful, and approachable. Her accounts of her own family stories, extraordinarily careful and thoroughdocumentation of research findings, and compelling theoretical insights together convey an unequivocal message: The autobiographical self is conditioned by one's time and culture. Beginning with a perceptive examination of the form, content, and function of parent-child conversations of personal and family stories, Wang undertakes to show how the autobiographical self is formed in and shaped by the process of family storytelling situated in specific cultural contexts. Bycontrasting the development of autobiographical writings in Western and Chinese literatures, Wang seeks to demonstrate the cultural stance of the autobiographical self in historical time. She examines the autobiographical self in personal time, thoughtfully analyzing the form, structure, and content of everyday memories to reveal the role of culture in modulating information processing and determining how the autobiographical self is remembered. Focusing on memories of earlychildhood, Wang seeks to answer the question of when the autobiographical self begins from a cross-cultural perspective. She sets out further to explore some of the most controversial issues in current psychological research of autobiographical memory, focusing particularly on issues of memoryrepresentations versus memory narratives and silence versus voice in the construction of the autobiographical self appropriate to one's cultural assumptions. She concludes with historical analyses of the influences of the larger social, political, and economic forces on the autobiographical self,and takes a forward look at the autobiographical self as a product of modern technology.

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Qi Wang holds a BSc in Psychology from Peking University, China, and a PhD in Psychology from Harvard University. She is currently Professor and Director of Social Cognition Development Laboratory at Cornell University. Wang has received many honors and awards and is regarded as the preeminent psychologist in the study of memory and cu...
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Title:The Autobiographical Self in Time and CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:August 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199737835

ISBN - 13:9780199737833

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PrefaceIntroduction1. Personal stories, family stories2. Autobiography in time3. The stories we keep4. When does our autobiographical self begin?5. What are we made of? Stories told and untold6. The autobiographical self in prospective