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Collective memory

Shared knowledge and values of a social group / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Collective memory refers to the shared pool of memories, knowledge and information of a social group that is significantly associated with the group's identity.[1][2][3] The English phrase "collective memory" and the equivalent French phrase "la mémoire collective" appeared in the second half of the nineteenth century. The philosopher and sociologist Maurice Halbwachs analyzed and advanced the concept of the collective memory in the book Les cadres sociaux de la mémoire (1925).[4] Collective memory can be constructed, shared, and passed on by large and small social groups. Examples of these groups can include nations, generations, communities, among others.[1] Collective memory has been a topic of interest and research across a number of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, and anthropology.[5]