Definition of collective memory in English:

collective memory


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

    • ‘But our ‘great war’ of the nineteenth century haunts our collective memory to this day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These senior citizens with their reservoir of collective memory have witnessed the development of the city for more than fifty years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This suggests that the appropriate model lies in the processes of collective memory rather than the practice of intertextuality.’
    • ‘Numerous readers responded to the call recognising that this repository is one of the key centres of the labour movements' collective memory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Europe's collective memory of the Holocaust provides the basis of the EU.’
    • ‘Henceforth an image of revolutionary upheaval would be deeply imprinted on France's collective memory.’
    • ‘I knew I wanted the film to be really restrained, but I also wanted it to explore collective memory and neighbourhood folklore.’
    • ‘And for a soap so rooted in farming country, Emmerdale managed to betray its past, by erasing foot and mouth from its collective memory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jews are a people with a particular history, culture, collective memory, and distinct political interests.’
    • ‘Though that conflict kicked off in the summer of 1950, in the American collective memory, Korea is a winter war.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The twin brothers have been a part of the Taiwanese people's collective memory and become a symbol of national pride ever since.’