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Summary

Originally intending to produce the first comprehensive scholarly reference guide to the antecedents, practices, and theory of oral history, the editors have gone even further, creating a highly readable and useful tool for scholars, students, and the general public. Covering the vast scope of this increasingly popular field, the eminent contributors discuss almost every aspect of a field that once was the exclusive province of historians but now has become increasingly democratized and available across numerous disciples. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Looking for a Vade Mecump. 1
Foundations
The History of Oral Historyp. 19
Oral History as Evidencep. 43
Methodology
Research Design and Strategiesp. 105
Legal and Ethical Issues in Oral Historyp. 135
Oral History Interviews: From Inception to Closurep. 170
Oral History and Archives: Documenting Contextp. 207
The Uneasy Page: Transcribing and Editing Oral Historyp. 237
Theories
Memory Theory: Personal and Socialp. 275
Aging, the Life Course, and Oral History: African American Narratives of Struggle, Social Change, and Declinep. 297
A Conversation Analytic Approach to Oral History Interviewingp. 336
Women's Oral History: Is It So Special?p. 357
Narrative Theoryp. 384
Applications
Publishing Oral History: Oral Exchange and Print Culturep. 411
Biography and Oral Historyp. 425
Fractious Action: Oral History-Based Performancep. 465
Oral History in Sound and Moving Image Documentariesp. 510
Referencesp. 563
Indexp. 607
About the Editors and Contributorsp. 619
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