International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 305

Full Length Research Paper

Private memories and their public context: Methodological reflections on individual and group memory

R. E. S. Tanner
Institute of Missiology, Nijmegan, Netherlands.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 18 May 2010
  •  Published: 31 December 2010


In terms of social science needs, memory is a plastic faculty which may be able to provide a limited range of accessible and assessable hard ‘facts’, but which in reality are in a continuous process of change to fit in with their owners’ current needs.


Key words: Memory, adaptation, change, unreliability.