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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 accounting of events is particularly important in childhood, for consolidating the socialization of the child and enhancing their sense of identity and self esteem.
References & Bibliography
- 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.