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The Oral History Reader

The Oral History Reader
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780415343039
ISBN 10: 415343038
Edition: 2
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2006-05-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 592
List Price: $48.95

This greatly anticipated update of The Oral History Reader is a comprehensive, international anthology of major, ‘classic’ articles and cutting-edge pieces on the theory, method and use of oral history.

This wide-ranging volume illustrates similarities and differences in oral history from around the world, including examples from North and South America, Britain and Europe, Australasia, Asia and Africa. It also details the subjects – such as women's history, family history, gay and lesbian history, ethnic history and disability history – to which oral history has made a significant contribution.

This second edition is arranged into five thematic sections. The collection details issues in the theory and practice of oral history and covers influential debates in its development over the past sixty years. New chapters include:

  • interview methods and the oral history relationship
  • the use of testimony in truth and reconciliation politics
  • memory and interpretation
  • the digital revolution and new technologies for the creation, use and dissemination of oral history
  • community oral history projects
  • memory and history.

The Oral History Reader is an essential tool for all students of modern history, memory studies, sociology, anthropology, media studies, cultural and heritage studies, gerontology and archives, library and information studies.


A collection of 39 foundational and recent articles from around the world on the practice, which has had significant impact on historical studies during the second half of the 20th century. The thematic sections cover critical developments, interviewing, advocacy and empowerment, interpreting memories, and making histories. Among specific topics are oral museum exhibitions, Aboriginal history in hypermedia, archival science and oral sources, lessons in ethics from oral histories of the Ku Klux Klan, the Foxfire experience of reaching across generations, ways of listening, feminist debates, and genealogy in black history. Includes a list of contacts for students and practitioners. Paper edition (unseen), $24.99. Not available on cassette. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.