Family Narratives and the Development of an Autobiographical Self: Social and Cultural Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Family Narratives and the Development of an Autobiographical Self

Social and Cultural Perspectives on Autobiographical Memory, 1st Edition

By Robyn Fivush


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Stories are central to our world. We form our families, our communities, and our nations through stories. It is through stories of our everyday experiences that each of us constructs an autobiographical self, a narrative identity, that confers a sense of coherence and meaning to our individual lives. In this volume, Robyn Fivush describes how this deeply personal autobiographical self is socially and culturally constructed.

Family Narratives and the Development of an Autobiographical Self demonstrates that, through participating in family reminiscing, in which adults help children learn the forms and functions of talking about the past, young children come to understand and evaluate their experiences, and create a sense of self defined through individual and family stories that provide an anchor for understanding self, others, and the world. Fivush draws on three decades of research, from her own lab and from others, to demonstrate the critical role that family stories and family storytelling play in child development and outcome.

This volume is essential reading for students and researchers interested in psychology, human development, and family studies.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Autobiographical Memory: Theoretical Foundations

Chapter 3 The Autobiographical Self: Developmental Foundations

Chapter 4 Maternal Reminiscing Style: The Emergence of Individual Differences in the Autobiographical Self

Chapter 5 The Developing Autobiographical Self: How Gender Matters

Chapter 6 Why Reminiscing Matters: How Early Parent-Child Reminiscing Shapes Cognitive Outcomes

Chapter 7 Why Reminiscing Matters: How Early Parent-Child Reminiscing Shapes Social and Emotional Outcomes

Chapter 8 Family Reminiscing: How Families Share the Personal and Family Past

Chapter 9 The Life Story: Adolescence and the Emergence of an Autobiographical Voice

Chapter 10 Beyond the Autobiographical Self: The Intergenerational Self

Chapter 11 Beyond the Autobiographical Self: The Cultural Self

Chapter 12 The Dark Side of Family Stories

Chapter 13 The Autobiographical Self: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends


About the Author

Robyn Fivush is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Emory University. She has conducted foundational research on the sociocultural construction of autobiographical memory.

About the Series

Essays in Developmental Psychology

Essays in Developmental Psychology is designed to meet the need for rapid publication of brief volumes in developmental psychology.

The series defines developmental psychology in its broadest terms and covers such topics as social development, cognitive development, developmental neuropsychology and neuroscience, language development, learning difficulties, developmental psychopathology and applied issues.

Each volume in the series makes a conceptual contribution to the topic by reviewing and synthesizing the existing research literature, by advancing theory in the area, or by some combination of these missions.

Authors in this series provide an overview of their own highly successful research program, but they also include an assessment of current knowledge and identification of possible future trends in research.

Each book is a self-contained unit supplying the advanced reader with a coherent review of important research as well as its context, theoretical grounding and implications.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / General