Photography and the Discourses of Memory and Identification

  • Ulrike Hanna Meinhof
  • Dariusz Galasiński
Part of the Language and Globalization book series (LAGL)


In the previous chapter we showed the significance of narrativization in the construction of people’s sense of identity and belonging. We showed that in the narrativization of their everyday life experiences people attempted to create cohesion in their lives in the telling. But we also showed that the longer stories revealed ambiguities, contradictions and unresolved tensions in peoples’ lives. We briefly mentioned in previous chapters that our informants’ talk and storytelling were stimulated by a novel ethnographic method in data collection, namely that of using photography rather than structured or semi-structured questions as triggers.


Middle Generation Conflictual Perspective German Border Polish People Memory Narrative 
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© Ulrike Hanna Meinhof and Dariusz Galasiński 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrike Hanna Meinhof
    • 1
  • Dariusz Galasiński
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonUK
  2. 2.University of wolverhamptonUK

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