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In remembering and telling our stories we construct a continually evolving sense of identity. Who are we? We are the kind of people who did this, thought that, had that sort of relationship etc.

This construction of a sense of self through narrative and the accounting of events is particularly important in childhood, for consolidating the socialization of the child and enhancing their sense of identity and self esteem.


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  • Fivush, Robyn (1991). 'The Social Construction of Personal Narratives', Merrill-Palmer Quarterly 37, 59-81.
  • Fivush, Robyn (1994). 'Constructing Narrative, Emotion, and Self in Parent-Child Conversations about the Past',in U. Neisser and R. Fivush (eds.), The Remembering Self (Cambridge U.P.), 136-157.
  • Peggy J Miller, 'Narrative Practices: their role in socialization and self-construction', in U. Neisser and R. Fivush (eds.),The Remembering Self (Cambridge U.P., 1994), 158-174
  • Miller, P.J., Potts, R., Fung, H., Hoogstra, L., and Mintz, J. (1990). 'Narrative Practices and the Social Construction of Self in Childhood', American Ethnologist 17, 292-311.
  • Nelson, Katherine and Fivush, Robyn (2000). 'Socialization of Memory', in Tulving & Craik (eds),The Oxford Handbook of Memory (OUP, 2000), 283-295.

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