This book is based on psychosocial research that explores the complex relationships of memory transmitted intergenerationally within families and the transgenerational social issues that form a part of those memories. The organising framework of moving back and forth between inter- and transgenerational processes is key to mapping those relationships leading to the ideas of generational companionship, a multigenerational self and intergenerational mentalisation. The book’s arguments are underpinned by sociological and psychoanalytic approaches, which provide a framework for thinking about continuity and discontinuity in the lives of individuals and in the longer sweep of the generations. The role and potential for a psychosocial approach in deep-level problem solving is addressed through chapters on psychotherapy and on psychosocial interventions. The role of social imagination in personal and social healing is a core theme, as is the study of the relationship between creative and destructive forces that play out in human life.
Williams, N. (2021). Mapping Social Memory: A Psychotherapeutic Psychosocial Approach. Switzerland: Springer (part of Springer Nature). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-66157-1