Listening to History: The Authenticity of Oral Evidence

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1988 - History - 175 pages
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How can oral evidence be generated, selected and analyzed so that oral history becomes a reliable historical tool? The author shows how, with the help of social science methodology, the unique insights gained from talking to individuals about the past can be a valuable addition to historical sources. The book provides the reader with detailed guidelines on the interviewing process, who to interview, how to interview, and how to analyze the information, whether from a single interview or a large archive. Also examined are the problems of memoryˇhow researchers can check reliability and accuracy.
  

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Contents

Introduction
11
Origins and potential
16
Definition
21
Creating the Interviews
29
The informants
31
The interview schedule
39
The interview
51
Assessing the Interviews
71
Patterned responses
107
Part Four Memory Theory and Purpose
115
Memory
117
Theory
132
Use and purpose
141
Conclusion
154
Notes on the text
161
Bibliography
170

The single interview documentary confirmation
73
The single interview internal consistency
83
Aggregating data
94

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