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Nostalgic memories and human rights: Integrating subjective experiences with universal needs

Nostalgic memories and human rights: Integrating subjective experiences with universal needs

Gkinopoulos, Theofilos (2019) Nostalgic memories and human rights: Integrating subjective experiences with universal needs. Theory & Psychology, 29 (6). pp. 853-862. ISSN 0959-3543 (Print), 1461-7447 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0959354319845505)

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Abstract

In this comment, I focus on the integration of memories and human rights. The claim for the “self-evident” declares the claim for human rights not only of minorities, or oppressed and forgotten groups but, more broadly, of the self and different others. I consider human rights as they emerge from the content of intergenerational nostalgic memories and are reflected on the right to remember, the right to forget, the right to long for the past, and the right to life. I give a brief account of studies on intergenerational nostalgic memories and I argue for remembering processes as a fundamental human right. Finally, I discuss theoretical implications of integrating memory studies and human rights debates.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: human rights, memory, nostalgia, social representations
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Inequalities
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2020 11:43
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Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/28075

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