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Alternative Memories: Searching for Knowledge, Telling a Story

Woodiwiss, Jo (2006) Alternative Memories: Searching for Knowledge, Telling a Story. In: Narrative, Memory & Knowledge: Representations, Aesthetics, Contexts. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 137-147.

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      Abstract

      Drawing on a research project looking at women’s engagement with the sexual
      abuse recovery literature this paper explores the role of ‘alternative memories’
      (body memories, feeling memories, acting-out memories, imagistic memories,
      symptoms of abuse in adulthood) in women coming to ‘know’ they were
      sexually abused in childhood. Particularly for women who enter adulthood
      with no memories or knowledge of such abuse, these alternative memories
      often represent the only evidence women have for a sexual abuse history and
      occupy a central position in the sexual abuse recovery literature. I look at these
      memories as a source of knowledge on which women base their narratives and
      sense of self. I go on to explore the extent to which this knowledge comes from
      ‘within’, as argued in the recovery literature, or whether it is more related to
      the cultural conditions of our time, and what difference this has had on the
      women whose narratives are based on such memories.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
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      Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
      School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood Studies
      School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 09:50
      Last Modified: 15 Dec 2010 14:13
      URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4911

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