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Practicing Critical Oral History

Connecting School and Community, 1st Edition

By Christine K. Lemley


172 pages

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Practicing Critical Oral History: Connecting School and Community provides ways and words for educators to use critical oral history in their classroom and communities in order to put their students and the voices of people from marginalized communities at the center of their curriculum to enact change.

Clearly and concisely written, this book offers a thought-provoking overview of how to use stories from those who have been underrepresented by dominant systems to identify a critical topic, engage with critical processes, and enact critical transformative-justice outcomes. Critical oral history both writes and rights history, so that participants—both interviewers and narrators—in critical oral history projects aim to contextualize stories and make the voices and perspectives of those who have been historically marginalized heard and listened to.

Supplemented throughout with sample activities, lesson-plan outlines, tables, and illustrative figures, Practicing Critical Oral History: Connecting School and Community is an essential resource for all those interested in integrating the techniques of critical oral history into an educational setting.


"… the value of Practicing Critical Oral History rests in students’ raised consciousness through the process."

Joanne L. Goodwin, Oral History Review

Table of Contents

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Guiding Outline

Chapter 1 - Critical Oral History: Engaging Critical Inquiry, Community-Based Accountability, and Transformative Justice

Chapter 2 - Reflexivity: Practicing Self-Reflection to Sensitively Engage People, Place, and Community

Chapter 3 - Relationality: Building Relationships with People, Place, and Community

Chapter 4 - Responsibility: Practicing Care for People, Place, and Community

Chapter 5 - Respect: Honoring Processes and Practices to Gather Stories from People, Place, and Community

Chapter 6 - Reciprocity: Giving back to People, Place, and Community

Chapter 7 - Call to Action: Writing and Righting History for People, Place, and Community

Key Concepts





About the Author

Christine K. Lemley is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, USA. Her work focuses on social justice and equity issues, primarily with Indigenous and undocumented populations. She uses critical oral history to address issues of power, structure, and agency to amplify unheard (or unlistened to) voices.

About the Series

Practicing Oral History

Oral history offers tremendous opportunities for interpreting the past and the increasingly complex present through the words of those who have lived it. The recorded interview, along with careful planning, solid background research, and archiving, form the basis of oral history methodology. Practitioners in public history, cultural heritage, library science, education, documentary, community activism, and local history groups wish to incorporate oral histories into their own work, and they need a road map for doing so.

The 'Practicing Oral History' series fills this gap. Titles consist of concise, instructive books that address the special circumstances of oral history within a specific user community. Each title provides practical tools for conducting and presenting an oral history project that interprets the best practices and ethical considerations of a particular context.

Ideas and proposals for new titles are welcome. Send queries to series editor Nancy MacKay, [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Historiography
HISTORY / Social History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General