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Family Memories and Siblings: Fraternal Ties that Outlast Time

Evelyne Favart

In the present article, family memory is perceived through narrations by adult brothers and sisters of their shared past memories. Family memory provides siblings with a common grounding. This experience is closely bound to issues of identity, for the traces of the past that remain in the present make themselves available to the brothers and sisters. In practical terms, we have considered brothers and sisters as the bearers and creators of family memories, forged through collective and individual negotiations around these symbolic representations.