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The oral history reader / edited by Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson
Bib ID 2013539
Format BookBook
Description London : Routledge, 1998 
xiii, 479 p. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 0415133513
0415133521 (paperback)

The Oral History Reader is an international anthology of the key writings about the theory, method and use of oral history. Arranged in five thematic sections, the collection details issues in the theory and practice of oral history and covers key debates in the postwar development of oral history, including:; issues around interviewing methods; ethical debates and the politics of empowerment; analytical strategies for interpreting memories; and concerns of archiving and public history.

Each section contains an introduction which contextualizes the selection by reviewing key issues and relevant literature. Extensive cross-referencing and indexing provides an aid to research and a crucial comparative dimension.This comprehensive volume illustrates similarities and differences in oral history from around the world, including examples from North and South America, Britain, Australasia, Europe and Africa. It also details the subjects - such as labour history, women's history, gay and lesbian history, ethnic history and disability history - to which oral history has made a significant contribution.

Full contents
  • Introduction
  • Part I. Critical Developments: 1. Black history, oral history and genealogy / Alex Haley; 2. The voice of the past: oral history / Paul Thompson; 3. Oral History and Hard Times:a review essay / Michael Frisch; 4. Movement without aim: methodological and theoretical problems in oral history / Ronald J Grele; 5. Work odeiology and consensus under Italian fascism / Luisa Passerini; 6. What makes oral history different / Alessendro Portelli; 7. Popular memory: Theory, politics, method / Popular Memory Group; 8. Telling out stories: feminist debates and the use of oral history / Joan Sangster
  • Part II. Interviewing: 9. On oral history interviewing / Charles T Morrissey; 10. Ways of listening / Hugo Slim and Paul Thompson, with Olivia Bennett and Nigel Cross; 11. Life history interviews with people with learning disabilities / Jan Walmsley; 12. Family life histories: a collaborative venture / Akemi Kikumura; 13. Interviewing the women of Phokeng / Belind Bozzoli;
  • 14. Learning to listen: interview techniques and analyses / Kathryn Anderson and Dana C Jack; 15. Marking absences: Holocaust testimony and history / Naomi Rosh White
  • Part III. Advocacy and empowerment: 16. Oral history as a social movement: reminiscence and older people / Joanna Bornat; 17. Reaching across the generations: the foxfire experience / Eliot Wigginton; 18. Culture and disability: the role of oral history / Karen Hirsch; 19. Central American refugee testimonies and performed life histories in the Sanctuary movement / William Westerman; 20. The Gulag in memory / Irina Sherbakove; 21. Sahel Oral History Project / Nigel Cross and Riannon Barker; 22. Leprosy in India: the intervention of oral history / Sanjiv Kakar
  • Part IV. Interpreting memories: 23. Structure and validity in oral evidence / Trevor Lummis; 24. What is social in oral history? / Samuel Schrager; 25. Anzac memories:putting popular memory theory into practice in Australia / Alistair Thomson; 26. Theory, method and oral history / Peter Friedlander; 27. 'Thats not what I said': interpretive conflict in oral narrative research / Katherine Borland; 28. Evidence, empathy and ethics:lessons from oral histories of the Klan / Kathleen Blee; 29. Telling tales: oral history and the construction of pre-stonewall lesbian history / Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy
  • Part V. Making Histories.: 30. Archival science and oral sources / Jean-Pierre Wallot and Nprmand Fortier; 31. The future of oral history and moving images / Dan Snipe; 32. Perils of the transcript / Raphael Samuel; 33. Reminiscence as literacy: intersections and creative moments / Jane Mace; 34. 'What the wind won't take away': the genesis of Nisa- The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman / Marjorie Shostak;
  • 35. Presenting voicers in different media: print, radio and CD-ROM / Peter Read; 36. Angldool stories: Aboriginal history in hypermedia / Karen Flick and Heather Goodall; 37. Children becoming historians: an oral history project in a primary school/ Alistair Ross; 38. The exhibition that speaks for itself: oral history and museums / Anna Green; 39. Out of the archives and onto the stage / Shaun Nethercott and Neil Leighton.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Oral history.
Other authors/contributors Thomson, Alistair, 1960-  |  Perks, Robert


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