The essays in this anthology represent, in the broadest sense, an interpretive perspective of inquiry that has flourished in oral history for the past 15 years. This perspective considers oral history interviews as subjective, socially constructed and emergent events; that is, understanding, interpretation, and meaning of lived experience are interactively constructed.
The impetus for this volume was the editor's fascination with the multifaceted complexity of the oral history interview method coupled with the belief that, despite many books that address methodological issues, no single work takes as its focus those complex, interactive processes which constitute the oral history interview. The editors' purpose in developing this anthology, therefore, was to provide a variety of essays which taken together address the possibilities and constraints inherent in oral history interviewing.
Contents: Preface. R.J. Grele, History and the Languages of History in the Oral History Interview: Who Answers Whose Questions and Why? E.C. Clark, Reconstructing History: The Epitomizing Image. K.L. Rogers, Trauma Redeemed: The Narrative Construction of Social Violence. H.E. Sypher, M.L. Hummert, S.L. Williams, Social Psychological Aspects of the Oral History Interview. S.E. Chase, C.S. Bell, Interpreting the Complexity of Women's Subjectivity. A.W. Futrell, C.A. Willard, Intersubjectivity and Interviewing. A.A. Hansen, A Riot of Voices: Racial and Ethnic Variables in Interactive Oral History Interviewing. J. Modell, C. Brodsky, Envisioning Homestead: Using Photographs in Interviewing (Homestead, Pennsylvania).
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