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Mapping Social Memory: A Psychotherapeutic Psychosocial Approach

Williams, Nigel


Nigel Williams
Senior Lecturer in Psycho-Social Studies


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).

Book Type Authored Book
Online Publication Date Apr 23, 2021
Publication Date Apr 23, 2021
Deposit Date Sep 13, 2021
Publisher Springer (part of Springer Nature)
Series Title Studies in the Psychosocial
Series ISSN 2662-2629
Edition 1st
ISBN 9783030661564
Keywords Ancestry Generational identity Intergenerational Memory Intergenerational Mentalisation Memorialisation Migration Mourning Multigenerational society Multigenerational self Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Psychosocial methods Psychosocial Research So
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