Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology / Edition 2

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Oral History: An Interdisciplinary Anthology is a collection of classic articles by some of the best known proponents of oral history, demonstrating the basics of oral history, while also acting as a guidebook for how to use it in research. Added to this new edition is insight into how oral history is practiced on an international scale, making this book an indispensable resource for scholars of history and social sciences, as well as those interested in oral history on the avocational level. This volume is a reprint of the 1984 edition, with the added bonus of a new introduction by David Dunaway and a new section on how oral history is practiced on an international scale. Selections from the original volume trace the origins of oral history in the United States, provide insights on methodology and interpretation, and review the various approaches to oral history used by folklorists, historians, anthropologists, and librarians, among others. Family and ethnic historians will find chapters addressing the applications of oral history in those fields.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761991892
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/18/1996
  • Series: American Association for State and Local History Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

David K. Dunaway: University of New Mexico Willa K. Baum: University of California, Berkeley

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Interdisciplinary of Oral History 7
From the Preface to the First Edition 23
1 Oral History: How and Why It was Born 29
2 Oral History 39
3 Directions for Oral History in the United States 62
4 Reliability and Validity in Oral History 87
5 Distinguishing the Significant from the Insignificant 94
6 Accuracy in Oral History Interviewing 99
7 Oral History: An Appreciation 107
8 Oral Tradition and Historical Methodology 121
9 A Note on Oral Tradition and Historical Evidence 126
10 Oral History Project Design 135
11 Introduction to Tom Rivers 143
12 Theory, Method, and Oral History 150
13 Reflections on Ethics 161
14 Preface to the Saga of Coe Ridge 175
15 The Folklorist, the Oral Historian, and Local History 187
16 Oral History and the Writing of Ethnic History 199
17 What's So Special About Women? Women's Oral History 215
18 Using Oral History for a Family History Project 231
19 The Search for Generational Memory 241
20 Black History, Oral History, and Genealogy 257
21 The Oral Historian and the Folklorist 283
22 Oral History at Communicative Event 292
23 The Anthropological Interview and the Life History 298
24 Radio and the Public Use of Oral History 306
25 The Expanding Role of the Librarian in Oral History 321
26 Oral History in Mexico and the Caribbean 343
27 The Development of Oral History in Britain 351
28 Oral History in Germany 363
29 Oral History in France 380
30 Oral History in Italy 391
31 Oral History in Latin America 417
Index 425
About the Editors 432
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