The Oral History Reader, now in its third edition, is a comprehensive, international anthology combining major, ‘classic’ articles with cutting-edge pieces on the theory, method and use of oral history. Twenty-seven new chapters introduce the most significant developments in oral history in the last decade to bring this invaluable text up to date, with new pieces on emotions and the senses, on crisis oral history, current thinking around traumatic memory, the impact of digital mobile technologies, and how oral history is being used in public contexts, with more international examples to draw in work from North and South America, Britain and Europe, Australasia, Asia and Africa.
Arranged in five thematic sections, each with an introduction by the editors to contextualise the selection and review relevant literature, articles in this collection draw upon diverse oral history experiences to examine issues including:
- Key debates in the development of oral history over the past seventy years
- First hand reflections on interview practice, and issues posed by the interview relationship
- The nature of memory and its significance in oral history
- The practical and ethical issues surrounding the interpretation, presentation and public use of oral testimonies
- how oral history projects contribute to the study of the past and involve the wider community.
- The challenges and contributions of oral history projects committed to advocacy and empowerment
With a revised and updated bibliography and useful contacts list, as well as a dedicated online resources page, this third edition of The Oral History Reader is the perfect tool for those encountering oral history for the first time, as well as for seasoned practitioners.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION TO THIRD EDITION PART I: Critical Developments Introduction: a history of oral history 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 What makes oral history different Alessandro Portelli 5 Politics and praxis in Canadian working-class oral history Joan Sangster 6 ‘Listening in the cold’: the practice of oral history in an Argentine working-class community Daniel James 7 What remains: reflections on crisis oral history Mark Cave 8 Oral history and the senses Paula Hamilton 9 'I just want to click on it to listen': oral history archives, orality and usability Doug Boyd PART II: Interviewing Introduction 10 Interviewing an interviewer Studs Terkel with Tony Parker 11 Interviewing techniques and strategies Valerie Yow 12 Learning to listen: interview techniques and analyses Kathryn Anderson and Dana C. Jack 13 Remembering in groups: negotiating between ‘individual’ and ‘collective’ memories Graham Smith 14 Interviewing the women of Phokeng: consciousness and gender, insider and outsider Belinda Bozzoli 15 Issues in cross-cultural interviewing: Japanese women in England Susan K Burton 16 Reticence in oral history interviews Lenore Layman 17 Toward an ethics of silence? Negotiating off-the-record events and identity in oral history Alexander Freund 18 Imaging family memories: my Mum, her photographs, our memories Janis Wilton 19 Interviewing in business and corporate environments: benefits and challenges Rob Perks PART III: Interpreting memories Introduction 20 Remembering survival: inside a Nazi slave-labour camp Christopher Browning 21 Surviving memory: truth and inaccuracy in Holocaust testimony Mark Roseman 22 Remembering a Vietnam War firefight: changing perspectives over time Fred Allison 23 Anzac Memories: putting popular memory theory into practice in Australia Alistair Thomson 24 Private life in Stalin’s Russia: narratives, memory and oral history Orlando Figes 25 Memory-work in Java: a cautionary tale Ann Laura Stoler, with Karen Strassler 26 Sex, 'silence' and audiotape: listening for female same-sex desire in Cuba Carrie Hamilton 27 ‘That’s not what I said’: interpretative conflict in oral narrative research Katherine Borland 28 Evidence, empathy and ethics: lessons from oral histories of the Klan Kathleen Blee 29 Remembering and reworking emotions: the reanalysis of emotion in an interview Joanna Bornat PART IV: Making histories Introduction 30 Voice, ear and text: words, meaning and transcription Francis Good 31 Editing oral history for publication Linda Shopes 32 The affective power of sound: oral history on radio Siobhán McHugh 33 Foundling Voices: placing oral history at the heart of an oral history exhibition Sarah Lowry and Alison Duke 34 Co-creating our story: making a documentary film Megan Webster and Noelia Gravotta 35 The historical hearing aid: located oral history from the listener's perspective Toby Butler 36 Mapping memories of displacement: oral history, memoryscapes, and mobile methodologies Steven High PART V: Advocacy and empowerment Introduction 37 Imagining communities: memory, loss, and resilience in post-apartheid Cape Town Sean Field 38 Sound, memory and dis/placement: exploring sound, song and performance as oral history in the Southern African borderlands Angela Impey 39 'You hear it in their voice': photographs and cultural consolidation among Inuit youths and elders Carol Payne 40 ‘We know what the problem is’: using video and radio oral history to develop collaborative analysis of homelessness Daniel Kerr 41 Trying to be good: lessons in oral history and performance Alicia J. Rouverol 42 Oral history and new orthodoxies: narrative accounts in the history of learning disability Sheena Rolph and Jan Walmsley 43 The limits of oral history: ethics and methodology amid highly politicized research settings Erin Jessee Select bibliography Useful contacts Index