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Teaching political science through memory work
Unformatted Document Text:  2. Memory work Memory work is a collective method of interpreting the social world originally developed by a group of women around the German sociologist Frigga Haug. (Haug 1987) By working with memory stories about specific experiences, the method aims at exploring and theorising about how individuals construct themselves into existing social and power relations (Haug 1987:33). Epistemologically, memory work is based on an understanding of the social order as being established and reproduced by individuals in the lived practices of everyday life. An underlying assumption in memory work is that working together with others in describing and analysing concrete, personal experiences has the potential to produce new and rewarding analysis. Memory work can be seen as an inherently inclusive and empowering method: it is a way of enabling silenced or ignored perspectives to be heard. It is also a way of allowing the experiences and interpretations of the participants to be the source of legitimate scientific knowledge. Memory work has been described as emancipatory: when social and political power structures are made visible, it becomes easier for individuals to avoid feelings of guilt and/or personal failure and to begin to theorise and politicise issues or areas formerly constructed as “private”, natural or banal. (Henriksson et al 2000, Jansson et al 2008) Our main motive in choosing to engage in memory work when teaching political science is that the method allows for a focus on the lived and everyday aspects of the social and political world. In our view the method in itself has the potential to bridge the gap between (political) science and everyday experiences. Memory work is also a particularly fruitful way of working when trying to 3

Authors: Wendt, Maria. and Åse, Cecilia.
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2. Memory work
Memory work is a collective method of interpreting the social world originally developed by a
group of women around the German sociologist Frigga Haug. (Haug 1987) By working with
memory stories about specific experiences, the method aims at exploring and theorising about
how individuals construct themselves into existing social and power relations (Haug 1987:33).
Epistemologically, memory work is based on an understanding of the social order as being
established and reproduced by individuals in the lived practices of everyday life. An underlying
assumption in memory work is that working together with others in describing and analysing
concrete, personal experiences has the potential to produce new and rewarding analysis.
Memory work can be seen as an inherently inclusive and empowering method: it is a way of
enabling silenced or ignored perspectives to be heard. It is also a way of allowing the experiences
and interpretations of the participants to be the source of legitimate scientific knowledge.
Memory work has been described as emancipatory: when social and political power structures are
made visible, it becomes easier for individuals to avoid feelings of guilt and/or personal failure
and to begin to theorise and politicise issues or areas formerly constructed as “private”, natural or
banal. (Henriksson et al 2000, Jansson et al 2008)
Our main motive in choosing to engage in memory work when teaching political science is that
the method allows for a focus on the lived and everyday aspects of the social and political world.
In our view the method in itself has the potential to bridge the gap between (political) science and
everyday experiences. Memory work is also a particularly fruitful way of working when trying to
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