Women's Oral History: The Frontiers Reader / Edition 1

Women's Oral History: The Frontiers Reader / Edition 1

by Susan H. Armitage
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803259441

ISBN-13: 9780803259447

Pub. Date: 12/28/2002

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Women's Oral History: The "Frontiers" Reader is an essential guide to the practice of gathering and interpreting women's oral accounts of their lives. During the 1970s, when women's history was just developing, the lack of historical information about women's lives was glaring. Oral history quickly emerged as a vital and necessary tool for documenting…  See more details below

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Women's Oral History: The "Frontiers" Reader is an essential guide to the practice of gathering and interpreting women's oral accounts of their lives. During the 1970s, when women's history was just developing, the lack of historical information about women's lives was glaring. Oral history quickly emerged as a vital and necessary tool for documenting the lives and experiences of women, who rarely recorded it for themselves—much less for posterity. Standard models of practicing oral history, however, were inadequate to the job of organizing and interpreting women's lives, and new models that addressed the distinctiveness of the lives of women—in all of their diversity—were needed. As one of the earliest journals devoted to feminist scholarship in the United States, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies was in the vanguard of the emerging field of women's oral history when it published its first landmark issue on the subject in 1977. Three subsequent issues exploring the evolving field has secured Frontiers' reputation at the forefront of women's oral history.

Women's Oral History includes nineteen essays, each addressing the particularity of women's lives and experience. The collection provides both "how to" interview guides and examples of current research in sections covering basic methodology and rationale; the myriad uses of women's oral history; and discoveries and insights gained from oral history applications. The essays raise thought-provoking questions, glean original insights about the lives of women and the practice of history, and call for women to write and record their own histories.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803259447
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
12/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1Basic Approaches1
What's So Special about Women? Women's Oral History3
Women's Oral History Resource Section27
Doing Oral History as an Outsider43
Digging beneath the Surface: Oral History Techniques51
The Next Step61
Reflections on Women's Oral History: An Exchange75
Giving Voice to Chinese American Women87
Pt. 2Oral History Applications113
Oral History as a Biographical Tool115
"I Give the Best Part of My Life to the Mill": An Oral History of Icy Norman125
Looking Inward, Looking Backward: Reminiscence and the Life Review145
Good Work, Sister! The Making of an Oral History Production158
Filming Nana: Some Dilemmas of Oral History on Film173
Treading the Traces of Discarded History: Oral History Installations183
Patching the Past: Students and Oral History196
Pt. 3Oral History Discoveries and Insights211
Using Oral History to Chart the Course of Illegal Abortions in Montana213
Grassroots Leadership Reconceptualized: Chicana Oral Histories and the 1968 East Los Angeles School Blowouts227
The Southern Paiute Woman in a Changing Society258
From the Yazoo Mississippi Delta to the Urban Communities of the Midwest: Conversations with Rural African American Women272
Domestic Violence and Poverty: The Narratives of Homeless Women293
Gender, Sexuality, and Class in National Narrations: Palestinian Camp Women Tell Their Lives317
Women of the British Coalfields on Strike in 1926 and 1984: Documenting Living Using Oral History and Photography338
List of Contributors371
Index379

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