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Collective Memory and Social Sciences in the Post-Truth Era

Constance De Saint-Laurent, I. Bresco De Luna, Sarah Awad & B Wagoner

Résumé The past has never been as relevant for the present as it is in today’s Post-truth world. Not just because many of our political leaders are promising to bring us back to a past that never existed – the Great America of Trump, the Lost Empire of Farage or the French Resistance of Le Pen – but because it seems more and more likely that they are bringing us back to the past as it actually happened – a past where populism successfully brought nationalist leaders to power. In this context, it seems particularly crucial to understand how we relate to our history, how we learn from it and the consequences it may have for the world we live in. These are the questions this special issue explores by adopting a cultural psychological perspective on collective memory – the lay representations of history – and proposing both theoretical and empirical contributions.
In this editorial, we will try to first make the case for the political and social importance of collective memory. Second, we will argue why theoretical discussions – not just empirical research – are necessary to tackle these issues. Third, we will discuss the role we believe cultural psychology should play in the current context and the dangers of turning it into a field disconnected from social and political realities. Finally, we will present the contents of this issue and how we hope it tackles some of the problems raised in this editorial.
   
Mots-clés Collective memory, post-truth, cultural psychology
   
Citation de Saint-Laurent, C., Bresco de Luna, I., Awad, S., & Wagoner, B. (2017). Collective Memory and Social Sciences in the Post-Truth Era. Culture & Psychology, 23(2), 147-155.
   
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 1-6-2017
Nom du périodique Culture & Psychology
Volume 23
Numéro 2
Pages 147-155
URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1354067X1769...