In Family Memory: Practices, Transmissions and Uses in a Global Perspective, researchers from five different continents explore the significance of family memory as an analytical tool and a research concept.

Family memory is the most important memory community. This volume illustrates the range and power of family memories, often neglected by memory studies dealing with larger mnemonic entities. This book highlights the potential of family memory research for understanding societies’past and present and the need for a more comprehensive and systematic use of family memories. The contributors explain how family memories can be a valuable resource across a range of settings pertaining to individual and collective identities, national memories, intergenerational transmission processes and migration, transnational and diasporic studies. This volume presents the past, present and future of family memory as a prospective field of memory studies and the role of family memory in intergenerational transmission of social and political values. Family memory of violent events and genocide is also looked at, with discussions of the Armenian Genocide, Russian Revolution and Rwandan Genocide.

This book will be an important read for cultural and oral historians; family historians; public historians; researchers in narrative studies, psychology, politics and international studies.

chapter 1|23 pages

Family Memory as a Prospective Field of Memory Studies

Past, Present, Future
ByRadmila Švarˇícˇková Slabáková

part Part I|52 pages

Private and Public Practices of Building Family Memory

chapter 2|18 pages

Family Voices and the Practice of Memory

Five Generations of Women in Rome
ByBarbara Ronchetti

chapter 3|15 pages

The Buarque de Holanda

Family Memory and Political Engagement in the Public Space in Brazil
ByGiselle Martins Venancio

part Part II|52 pages

Intergenerational Transmission of Social and Political Values

chapter 5|17 pages

Czech Family Stories of Communism

Family Memories at the Intersection of Family Values, Family Relations and National Memory
ByRadmila Švarˇícˇková Slabáková

chapter 6|16 pages

Family Memories for Communism in Bulgaria

Destiny and Resource
ByIlia Iliev

chapter 7|17 pages

Family Memories of Second-Generation Republican Women Exiled to Mexico

ByPilar Domínguez Prats

part Part III|48 pages

Family Memory of Violent Events and Genocide

chapter 8|16 pages

“Facts, Not Emotions”

Changing Generational Needs and New Meanings of the Memory of the Armenian Genocide
ByÖndercan Muti

chapter 10|15 pages

Exile and Soviet Memoirs

Family Mansions in Aristocratic Family Memories after the Russian Revolution
ByZbyneěk Vydra

part Part IV|54 pages

Family Memory, Family Identity and Digital Media

chapter 12|17 pages

What do Family Memories Mean?

Navigating the Unfinished Archives after the Partition of India
ByIndira Chowdhury

chapter 13|17 pages

“Got My Finn Tattoo!”

Sharing Family Memories on Facebook
ByAnne Heimo