Is All Reification Forgetting?: On Connerton's Types of Forgetting

TripleC 11(2): 375-387, 2013

13 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2013

Date Written: December 21, 2013


Drawing upon early the Frankfurt School tradition, I offer a qualified defence of Connerton’s version of collective forgetting against recent detractors. This defence pertains strictly to the material culture aspects of collective forgetting. In this respect, the paper argues that models of individual and collective memory must attend to the historical forces that combine to (re)produce a particular environment, and further, they should consider the subsequent role the reproduction process plays on triggering moments of recollection or collective memory actions. To explicate this claim, I draw upon a Marxist inspired account of the labour process to show that variations in types of consciousness are related to particular modes of production. It is my intent to explicate Connerton’s theoretical reasoning such that readers from diverse backgrounds are better informed about his underlying set of assumptions. In this respect, this paper aims to contributing notes towards a political economy of memory.

Keywords: Memory, Labour Process, Reification, Forgetting, Critical Theory, Paul Connerton

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Timcke, Scott, Is All Reification Forgetting?: On Connerton's Types of Forgetting (December 21, 2013). TripleC 11(2): 375-387, 2013, Available at SSRN:

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