Marsico, G., Valsiner, J. (2016). Making History: Apprehending future while reconstructing the past. In R. Säljö, P. Linell & Å. Mäkitalo, (Eds.) Memory practices and learning: Experiential, institutional, and sociocultural perspectives, (pp.355-372) Charlotte, N.C. USA: Information Age Publishing;
Author(s)Marsico, Giuseppina, Jaan Valsiner
Contributor(s)Giuseppina Marsico e Jaan Valsiner
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AbstractAs a human being we live in a multi-bounded world we ourselves constantly create, re-create, coordinate or overpass in order to modulate our current relationship with the surrounding environment and with the others and to reconstruct the past experiences in consistently novel ways. In this process we are inevitably operating on the boundary-- of the time between past and future. A border has some contradictory characteristics: (1) it both separates and unites two parts of a whole and (2) in its functions it enhances ambiguity while it simultaneously decreases it. Yet another characteristic is needed in the case of dynamic systems of developmental kind-- the connection between the flow of time and the conditions of the border which are neither avoidable nor fixed. That connection gives form to human experience in its perennial transformation in the irreversible time. In this perspective it is the constantly changing boundary we call the Present is the real border between the Past and the Future. A developing process links the past with the future in the present, making the boundary between present (including elements from the past) and the future the real space where the novelty can emerge. Past and future, possible ad actual -and their intertwined relations- are here considered as a conditionally permeable boundaries. In this chapter we seek to explore the notion of Border-Construction and Border Management in mind and in society bringing them to link with the remembering processes in human social lives within some specific social institutions (i.e. schools, museums, cemeteries).