The Oral History Reader

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Robert Perks, Alistair Thomson
Psychology Press, 1998 - History - 479 pages
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The Oral History Reader edited by Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson, is an international anthology of the key writings about the theory, method and use of oral history.

Arranged in five thematic sections, The Oral History Reader details issues in the theory and practice of oral history. The collection covers key debates in the postwar development of oral history including:

* problems posed by interviewing
* discussions of the politics of empowerment
* analytical strategies for interpreting memories
* concerns of archiving, practice, ethics and interpretation.

Each section contains an introduction which contextualises the selection by reviewing key isssues 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 work from around the world, with examples from North America, Britain, Australasia, Continental Europe, Latin America and Africa. It also details the subjects - such as labour history, women's history, gay and lesbian history, ethnic and indigenous people's history and disability history - to which oral history has made a significant contribution.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Black history oral history and genealogy
9
oral history
21
a review essay
29
methodological and theoretical problems
38
Work ideology and consensus under Italian fascism
53
What makes oral history different
63
theory politics method
75
the Foxfire experience
206
Central American refugee testimonies and performed life histories
224
The Sahel Oral History Project
246
Interpreting memories
269
What is social in oral history?
284
putting popular memory theory into practice
300
interpretive conflict in oral narrative
320
lessons from oral histories of
333

feminist debates and the use of oral history
87
Interviewing
101
On oral history interviewing
107
Ways oflistening
114
a collaborative venture
140
interview techniques and analyses
157
Holocaust testimony and history
172
reminiscence and older people
189
Making histories
357
The future of oral history and moving images
379
intersections and creative moments
393
print radio and CDROM
414
an oral history project in a primary
432
oral history and museums
448
Select bibliography
465
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About the author (1998)

Alistair Thompson works at the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sussex. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he has lived for the past decade in Brighton.

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