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Overview

Originally intending to produce the first comprehensive scholarly reference guide to the antecedents, practices, and theory of oral history, the editors have gone even further, creating a highly readable and useful tool for scholars, students, and the general public. Covering the vast scope of this increasingly popular field, the eminent contributors discuss almost every aspect of a field that once was the exclusive province of historians but now has become increasingly democratized and available across numerous disciples.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
Given the range of academic disciplines embracing oral history, college and university libraries should give this book serious consideration. It belongs in the reference library of every oral history program.
Museum News
A simple conversation can be a key resource in gathering information about the past—yet obtaining, documenting, and preserving this information can be much more complicated. This compilation of essays by top historians dissects oral history, from its deeply rooted origins to its numerous modern applications.
Register of The Kentucky Historical Society
The editors set out to collect essays that could serve as an introduction to the contemporary practice and theory of oral history and succeeded in assembling a guide to the state of the field... The chapters were written expressly for this book and with its goals in mind, giving this anthology relative thematic coherence... Indeed, among the volume's many strengths is its tendency to promote and extend oral history's most theoretical and practical questions.
Oral History
Handbook of Oral History is...an essential purchase for oral historians in the United States....readers...will be stimulated by many insightful essays, and can take advantage of an excellent, consolidated bibliography.
— Alistair Thomson
Jacquelyn Hall
This handbook is an inspired combination of the practical and the theoretical. An essential companion for anyone interested in the multifarious, cross-disciplinary research movement that has come to be known as 'oral history.'
CHOICE
Given the range of academic disciplines embracing oral history, college and university libraries should give this book serious consideration. It belongs in the reference library of every oral history program.
Register Of The Kentucky Historical Society
The editors set out to collect essays that could serve as an introduction to the contemporary practice and theory of oral history and succeeded in assembling a guide to the state of the field... The chapters were written expressly for this book and with its goals in mind, giving this anthology relative thematic coherence... Indeed, among the volume's many strengths is its tendency to promote and extend oral history's most theoretical and practical questions.
Oral History - Alistair Thomson
Handbook of Oral History is...an essential purchase for oral historians in the United States....readers...will be stimulated by many insightful essays, and can take advantage of an excellent, consolidated bibliography.
Donald A. Ritchie
This handbook brings together some of the ablest oral historians to offer thoughtful, thorough, and timely assessments of their field. It belongs on the shelf of anyone seriously interested in the theory and practice of oral history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759111929
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas L. Charlton is professor of history at Baylor University. He is director of The Texas Collection library/archival center and author of Oral History for Texans (1981, 1985). Lois E. Myers is associate sirector of the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University. Rebecca Sharpless is assistant professor in the Department of History at Texas Christian University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Looking for a Vade Mecum   Thomas L. Charlton     1
Foundations
The History of Oral History   Rebecca Sharpless     19
Oral History as Evidence   Ronald J. Grele     43
Methodology
Research Design and Strategies   Mary A. Larson     105
Legal and Ethical Issues in Oral History   Linda Shopes     135
Oral History Interviews: From Inception to Closure   Charles T. Morrissey     170
Oral History and Archives: Documenting Context   James E. Fogerty     207
The Uneasy Page: Transcribing and Editing Oral History   Elinor A. Maze     237
Theories
Memory Theory: Personal and Social   Alice M. Hoffman   Howard S. Hoffman     275
Aging, the Life Course, and Oral History: African American Narratives of Struggle, Social Change, and Decline   Kim Lacy Rogers     297
A Conversation Analytic Approach to Oral History Interviewing   Eva M. McMahan     336
Women's Oral History: Is It So Special?   Sherna Berger Gluck     357
Narrative Theory   Mary Chamberlain     384
Applications
Publishing Oral History: Oral Exchange and Print Culture   RichardCandida Smith     411
Biography and Oral History   Valerie Raleigh Yow     425
Fractious Action: Oral History-Based Performance   Jeff Friedman     465
Oral History in Sound and Moving Image Documentaries   Charles Hardy III   Pamela Dean     510
References     563
Index     607
About the Editors and Contributors     619

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