Definition of collective memory in English:

collective memory


mass noun
  • The memory of a group of people, passed from one generation to the next.

    • ‘Even an apparently benign project such as building a new capital city is mired in personal vision and is rarely reflective of collective memory or desire.’
    • ‘The glow from Ann Arbor Pioneer's magical season will linger in Michigan's collective memory for many, many years to come.’
    • ‘I knew I wanted the film to be really restrained, but I also wanted it to explore collective memory and neighbourhood folklore.’
    • ‘And this, which I have had to learn and be taught is what so many thousands of craftsmen all over the country have in their blood, passed on through the collective memories and imaginations of generations.’
    • ‘His narrative is permeated with a sense of urgency and despair, as if collective memory, ritual celebrations and monuments were threatened with an awful absence.’
    • ‘But our ‘great war’ of the nineteenth century haunts our collective memory to this day.’
    • ‘Numerous readers responded to the call recognising that this repository is one of the key centres of the labour movements' collective memory.’
    • ‘This suggests that the appropriate model lies in the processes of collective memory rather than the practice of intertextuality.’
    • ‘For a culture that was based on oral tradition and collective memory, the problem for the historian is always going to be one of access.’
    • ‘Henceforth an image of revolutionary upheaval would be deeply imprinted on France's collective memory.’
    • ‘Though that conflict kicked off in the summer of 1950, in the American collective memory, Korea is a winter war.’
    • ‘These senior citizens with their reservoir of collective memory have witnessed the development of the city for more than fifty years.’
    • ‘And for a soap so rooted in farming country, Emmerdale managed to betray its past, by erasing foot and mouth from its collective memory.’
    • ‘The twin brothers have been a part of the Taiwanese people's collective memory and become a symbol of national pride ever since.’
    • ‘To destroy, or attempt to destroy, a culture is a special kind of crime because culture is the unit of collective memory, whereby the legacies of the dead can be kept alive.’
    • ‘The fading of collective memory helps explain why the number of doctors willing to perform the procedure is falling.’
    • ‘Jews are a people with a particular history, culture, collective memory, and distinct political interests.’
    • ‘When we ignore that fact, turn away from our history, we risk reliving the eras we so fervently try to expunge from our collective memory.’
    • ‘Europe's collective memory of the Holocaust provides the basis of the EU.’
    • ‘The generation of men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedom is dwindling with each year that passes, and our collective memory is fading too.’