Memory, Subjectivities, and Representation Approaches to Oral History in Latin America, Portugal, and Spain

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Pub. Date: 2015-11-30
Publisher(s): Palgrave Macmillan
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This collection presents diverse scholarly approaches to oral narratives in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds. Eleven essays, originally written in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, coalesce around major themes that have long concerned oral historians and social scientists: collective memories of conflictive national pasts, subjectivity in re/framing social identities, and visual and performative re/presentations of identity and public memory.

Author Biography

Rina Benmayor is Professor of Oral History, Literature, and Latina/o Studies at California State University Monterey Bay. She is co-editor and co-author of three volumes related to oral history (Identity and Migration, Latino Cultural Citizenship, and Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios) and has served as President of the International Oral History Association and President of the Oral History Association.
Pilar Dominguez Prats is Associate Professor of Social Movements and Political Thought at the University of Las Palmas, Canary Islands. She is a past President of the International Oral History Association and the author of two books on oral histories of Spanish women in exile in Mexico as well as one edited collection on oral history in Spain.
María Eugenia Cardenal de la Nuez is Lecturer in Social Structure and Social Change, Inequality, and Social Exclusion and Qualitative Research Methods at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Her main research interest focuses on life transitions as a structural and structured process and also a biographically experienced process.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Rina Benmayor, María Eugenia Cardenal de la Nuez, and Pilar Domínguez Prats
1. 'I Was Just One More Among Many:" A Mosaic of Ex-combatant Voices from the Portuguese Colonial War ; Ângela Campos
2. Voices of Spanish Socialist Trade Unionism During the End of the Franco Regime and the Transition to Democracy; Pilar Domínguez Prats
3. 'Gendered' Memories: Women's Narratives from the Southern Cone; Cristina Scheibe Wolff, Joana Maria Pedro, and Janine Gomes da Silva
4. The Healing Effect of Discourses: Body, Emotions and Gender Subjectivity in Basque Nationalism; Miren Llona
5. Lola's Story: The Struggle to Build a Professional Identity with No Good Jobs in Sight; María Eugenia Cardenal de la Nuez
6. 'Getting Ahead:' The American Dream in the California Agricultural Fields; Magdalena Villarreal
7. Migration, Sex Work, and Stigma: An Analysis in Biographical Code; Ángeles Arjona Garrido, Juan Carlos Checa Olmos, Estefanía Acién González, and Francisco Majuelos Martínez
8. Oral Accounts and Visual Inscriptions: Narratives Under Heavily Tattooed Skin; Vitor Sérgio Ferreira
9. The Black Movement and Race Relations in Brazil: Building New Knowledge Through Online Oral History Materials; Verena Alberti and Amilcar Araujo Pereira
10. Images and Words: Photography and the 1968 Student Movement in Mexico; Alberto del Castillo Troncoso
11."A Living Museum of Small, Forgotten and Unwanted Memories:' Performing Oral Histories of the Portuguese Dictatorship and Revolution; Joana Craveiro

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