Discursive Psychology of Remembering and Reconciliation


Kyoko Murakami
Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research, Department of Education, University of Bath, United Kingdom

Series: Global Political Studies
BISAC: POL054000

Since the end of the Second World War over half a century ago, Japan has re-established a high profile membership within the global economy and international community of politics and diplomacy, although experiences of the War remain a live issue to many. The Japanese Emperor’s state visit prompted a re-examination of war responsibility, restitution and reparation and apology concerning the Japanese military aggression and atrocities perpetrated during the Second World War and the period leading up to it. As a point of departure of this book, the author asks what it is to remember and to forget the past and how people’s understanding and memories of the past shape the way they handle the issue of war responsibility. In this book, the author aims to examine reconciliation, and other related issues of the consequences of the war and post-war conflict as a discursive practice of remembering. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Remembering and reconciliation revisited

Chapter 3: Active Interviewing: A discursive approach to remembering and reconciliation

Chapter 4: Identity in Action: Letters to the editor

Chapter 5: Opening a conversation: Discursively accomplished intersubjectivity

Chapter 6: Laughter, irony and humour: Managing sensitivity

Chapter 7: Language of the past

Chapter 8: Talk about Rice

Chapter 9: Positioning in Accounting for Redemption and Reconciliation

Chapter 10: Reconciliation as Discursive Accomplishment



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