In a focus group I conducted in Buenos Aires in February 2008, Alejandro (born in 1967) remembers seeing green Ford Falcons close to his primary school.
Alejandro conveys some of his autobiographical memories from childhood in relation to what was told before. He introduces a new element the green Falcons going around… watching over school. The object of memory the green Falcons triggers a political inference anchored in the following shared knowledge: green Falcons were used by death squads during the dictatorship. Alejandro claims that to some extent he knew what was going on at that time I was aware of what that car meant....
What this example shows is that remembering is something which occurs in a world of things, as well as words, and that artefacts play a central role in the memories of cultures and individuals (Radly, 1990 p.57).
Radley, A. (1990). Artefacts, memory and a sense of the past. In D. Middleton & D. Edwards (Eds.) Collective Remembering. Newbury Park, CA: SAGE.